Is Anything too Hard for God? (Genesis 18:14) - Radical

Is Anything too Hard for God? (Genesis 18:14)

“Is anything too hard for the Lord? “At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.”
-Genesis 18:14

Genesis 18:14 comes in the midst of God’s promise to bring Abraham and Sarah a son even in their very old age, to the point where Sarah thought it laughable that God would give her a son in her old age. Both of them thought it impossible, but Genesis 18:14 says, is anything too hard for the Lord? It’s a rhetorical question. The answer is obviously no, nothing is too hard for God. Just like we see in Luke Chapter 1, nothing is impossible with God. God’s power is supreme. He can do what he wants. He can supersede what we think is possible.

This rhetorical question in Scripture reminds us how God is working all things together according to the counsel of His will.

This Verse Reminds Us That Nothing Is Too Hard For God

So I want you to think, as I was reading Genesis 18:14 I started thinking about my own life, you think about your life, what are you asking God for? What are you asking God to do that is impossible without him? Are we praying like that? Are you praying like that, for things? You’re asking God to see him move in ways that make no sense. Maybe you’ve been praying for something for a long time and you’ve almost given up on praying for that person, or praying for this or that thing to actually happen, and I just want to encourage you to have renewed faith today that nothing is too hard for the Lord.

Now, that doesn’t mean that everything we say before God, ask of God, is then guaranteed because nothing is too hard for him. But when we pray, we need to make sure that our hearts are believing God to do the impossible. Believe in God can do and will do when it is wise and good and glorifying to him. He will do the impossible.

Genesis 18:14 Prays That God Helps Us With Our Prays

So God, we pray that you would, yes, help us to pray for small details in our lives, we know you care about all those details, we praise you for your care about all those details and we pray for provision in very basic ways, knowing that even the most basic things we have like daily bread, it doesn’t come just naturally, it comes from your hand. So we depend on you for all kinds of things, and God as we trust in you in small ways, we pray that you would help us to trust you in big ways. Help us to trust you, we pray, to do that which we can’t even imagine seeing happen. God, we’ve been praying … I know that some of us have just been praying for a long time for this salvation of people in our lives, family members, friends, and we begun to wonder, is it ever going to happen? Are they ever going to come to Chris? God, give us renewed faith today. It is not too hard for you to save. There is not one person in the world that is beyond your power to save.

Genesis 18:14 Gives Us Faith

So give us faith even as we pray, God save these people in our lives, family members, friends, we’re praying for. God, through our lives … I can only imagine people facing some things right now and they’re just saying, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know where to go, God, help us to go to you. We come to you right now and we ask you to do that which only you can do. We ask for displays of your, yes, natural sure power, in a sense, what seems natural to us, but what is coming from you and then supernatural power in ways that supersede what can be explained even naturally. God, we praise you as the Lord for whom nothing is too hard and so we trust in you, the omnipotent God, who rules and reigns over everything. Show your power in fulfillment of your promises. Show your goodness for your glory in ways that increase our faith in your ability to do all things. In Jesus name, we pray.

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.

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