The Right Spot

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Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.  Jeremiah 32:17

Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?  Jeremiah 32:26-27

Insight 

If you've ever taken a road trip on I-95, chances are good you stopped off at a Cracker Barrel for some good southern cooking. And while you waited for your food to arrive, chances are also good that you occupied your time playing that tricky triangle peg game. And, if you're anything like me, chances are good that you grew quickly frustrated and began questioning your intelligence due to numerous golf tees remaining, but finding yourself out of moves. 

I looked it up, and apparently, there are 6,816 possible ways to win the game (zero of which I've figured out), but just two wrong moves are enough to make it impossible to win. For me, short of cheating that game remains impossible to figure out. It's too hard. 

I second guess every move while trying to look ahead and figure out all the potential outcomes. I'll think I'm on to something and jump a peg, only to realize I backed myself into a corner. Luckily, Cracker Barrel's biscuits are delicious which makes anything better, including my inevitable defeat.

Many of us approach life much the same way we do the peg game. We worry ourselves sick over decisions. The numerous options make us hesitate in taking the next step of faith. We attempt to take control of our lives and micromanage every choice. We do everything in our power to prepare ourselves for the futilities of this world so we'll never be caught off-guard. 

If, and only if, we exhaust all of our options and extend ourselves to the end and nothing works, we then bring our worries and concerns to God. Rather than seek Him first, we often see Him as a last resort. We might believe in our minds that God is all-powerful, but we are guilty of limiting His might to the scope of our limited perspective. It's arrogant of us to think that the One who created the heavens and earth can't move mountains and hold back the sea in our world. 

Nothing is too hard for him. 

Mending broken relationships? He can do it. 

Bringing hope to situations where things look lost? He's got it. 

Redeeming difficult circumstances?  It's what He's in the business of doing.

When God says nothing is too hard for Him, He means NOTHING. This includes whatever you are facing right now. God doesn’t leave you to figure things out on your own. He wants to walk by your side through it. By intentionally lifting our concerns to Him, we humbly position ourselves to be in the right spot to hear God's voice amid the chaos. 

Reflection 

  • Where do you need to be reminded that nothing is too hard for God? Why have you lost hope in this area

  • How do you hope to see God move in your circumstances?

Prayer

God, You have done a mighty work within me. I need to remind myself of this truth because when I encounter struggles, I often lose my perspective of Your strength. Remind me that nothing is impossible with You, so I never need to lose hope. May I keep my eyes focused on You today. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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