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It’s Not Too Hard for God: Believe Again

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What are your causes for fasting? Is one of them something God has given you a promise about—something He spoke to you and revealed His will about long ago, but the answer has been so delayed that you’ve given up hope of it ever being fulfilled? You’ve quit claiming God’s promised answer. You no longer expect Him to do what He said He would.

In fact, you’ve given up on this desire so completely that it didn’t even make it into your list of causes for fasting. It’s a desire so dead, so hopeless that you hate to even admit to yourself you still have it. It rumbles around in your thoughts now and then, but more like a repressed memory. As soon as it flashes across your mind you swat it away and for good measure, throw a few boulders on top of it to keep it from re-emerging. It was such a deep longing of your heart, and one that seemed so God-given, that it’s too painful to even think about it now. The fact that it’s too late and will never happen grieves and saddens you beyond measure.

Whatever this God-given longing is… let it out of the basement of your thoughts for a few moments. God has something to say to you about it…

A Word for You and Me

God spoke to me several weeks ago about such an instance in my life. He spoke to me through an excerpt of a book. So I saved it in my prayer journal. As I was praying today and listening to the Lord, not wanting to miss anything He wants to say to me during the fast, I came across the excerpt in my journal … and God brought you to mind. This is a word for you today:

Is there anything too hard for the LORD? (Genesis 18:14).

Here is God’s loving challenge to you and to me today. He wants us to think of the deepest, highest, worthiest desire and longing of our hearts, something which perhaps was our desire for ourselves or for someone dear to us, yet which has been so long unfulfilled that we have looked upon it as only a lost desire, that which might have been but now cannot be, and so have given up hope of seeing it fulfilled in this life.

That thing, if it is in line with what we know to be His expressed will (as a son to Abraham and Sarah was), God intends to do for us, even if we know that it is of such utter impossibility that we only laugh at the absurdity of anyone’s supposing it could ever now come to pass. That thing God intends to do for us, if we will let Him.

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Not when we believe in Him enough to go forward and do His will, and let Him do the impossible for us. Even Abraham and Sarah could have blocked God’s plan if they had continued to disbelieve.

The only thing too hard for Jehovah is deliberate, continued disbelief in His love and power, and our final rejection of His plans for us. … Nothing is too hard for Jehovah to do for them that trust Him.

~ Charles Gallandet Trumbull [1]

It’s Not Too Hard for God

What is the thing God spoke to you about long ago? The thing that if someone suggested aloud to you it would come to pass, you’d laugh at their sheer insanity? Have you looked upon it as a lost desire, something that might have been if only God had done what He promised… in time?

Have you felt that it’s too late now? Have you given up hope of seeing God’s promise fulfilled in this life? God intends to do that thing for you… if you will let Him.

Nothing is too hard for the Lord. … except your willful, continued unbelief. Nothing limits Him or makes His answer impossible to deliver … except your willful rejection of His plans.

 “For with God nothing is ever impossible 
and no word from God shall be without power 
or impossible of fulfillment.”
Luke 1:37, AMPC

Questions:

  • What is the thing God spoke to you about long ago — the longing of your heart? Have you looked upon it as a lost desire, something that might have been if only God had done what He promised… in time? Have you felt that it’s too late? Have you given up hope of seeing God’s promise fulfilled in this life?
  • Are you choosing unbelief? Are you justifying God-limiting, God-grieving unbelief because you feel that in His delay, He has neglected you? Have you concluded that either God does not care or He does not have the power to do what He promised? Do you know it’s not the latter, so you’re wallowing in self-pity and accusing God of neglect? 
  • Will you choose today to believe that God will do what He promised?
  • How will you change the ways you’re thinking, talking, and praying about it in order to reflect your belief and confident expectation? 

 

FROM THE FASTING ARCHIVES

 

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  1. Charles Gallandet Trumbull, Messages for the Morning Watch (Chicago, IL: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1912), 76-77

 

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