August 11, 1999

"Is anything too hard for the Lord?"

bluebull"Is anything too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14)
___Abraham had been through the mill. He left his homeland for a place "that God would onlineonlyshow him." On the way, he lost his father, his brother and almost lost his nephew. He gets to the land he has been promised and finds squatters living there. To make matters worse, he has been unable to have children with his wife, Sarah.
___God's promise about descendents as numerous as the stars was starting to ring hollow when the Lord appeared again with another promise.
Pastor, Corpus Christi Baptist Church, Corpus Christi

Abraham, age 99, and his wife Sarah,questions age 90, were to have a child.
___Sarah laughs. Wouldn't you? At her age, choosing a motif for the nursery was the last thing on her mind. It seemed impossible. It was her incredulous, sardonic laughter that begged the question: "Is anything too hard for the Lord?"
___The Lord's question echoes down the corridors of time. Is anything too hard for the Lord? Ask Job (if anyone knows, he does). Ask David (or better yet, ask Goliath É if you can find his head.) Ask Joseph or Moses or Ruth or Esther or Elijah or Daniel.
___Is anything too hard for the Lord? Ask Lucy (a member of my church, who fought and won a 10-year battle with cancer). Ask Robert (my brother, who was born mentally handicapped and has, against all the odds, learned how to read). Ask Priscilla (my wife, who at age 12 lost her mother to leukemia). Ask them. They know, and their knowing has come at great cost.
___Is anything too hard for the Lord? They would all answer in unison: a quiet, resolute, eloquent: "Nothing so far."
___One day, a young man named Peter heard the awful words, "You have cancer." He held his young family in his arms and cried out, "Why me, Lord?" He fell into a deep, dark depression.
___His wife, wanting to cheer him up and knowing how much he loved nature, planned a hiking excursion for themselves and a couple of friends. Off they went, through a cathedral forest that opened to a steep precipice overlooking a bowl-shaped valley. In the background was a majestic, snow-capped mountain. The view was breathtaking. In spite of the beautiful view, Peter's friends sensed that there was something troubling him.
___"Peter, what's wrong," they asked. "Everything is wrong," cried Peter, "this whole place is wrong. The mountain, the forest, the valley--it's been here a thousand years and will probably be here another thousand." Peter hung his head as he mumbled, "I probably won't be here a year from now."
___Peter never made it back to that mountain. But it is not because Peter is gone. Rather, the mountain is gone. The mountain, the valley and the forest all were blown to oblivion when Mount St. Helens erupted. And it is Peter who remains.
___God says, if you have just a little bit of faith, mountains will move for you! It's been about 4,000 years since Sarah laughed and begged the question: "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" The answer still is the same: Nothing so far.


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