Is there anything too hard for God?

***Dennis Macharia***

But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord: thus says the Lord, Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the Lord himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” But he said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”

Contextual background
Ben- Hadad the king of Syria with the whole of his army had besieged Samaria,the capital city of Israel at the time. A great famine came over Samaria and the city being cut off from any supply was in dire conditions. So grim was the condition of Samaria that people began to eat donkey heads and dove’s dung. Most surprisingly, were the two women who decided to eat their children. One woman surrendered her child to be eaten only for the other to hide hers the next day. The woman who had been shortchanged took her complaint to the King who in frustration swore to have Elisha killed. The King knew too well that the afflictions in Samaria were from the hand of the Lord and he thought that the situation had dragged on for so long because Elisha the prophet had refused to speak to God on their behalf. It is when the King sends for Elisha to be killed that we have the words of the above text.

When God promises the impossible
When Samaria is besieged by a strong enemy and the famine has swept their land to the point they have began eating even their own children God speaks. Through Elisha God promises that there will be abundance again in the next twenty four hours. How was this going to be? The captain is sure that this is an impossibility.
Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we cannot see how we are going to be delivered. Even when God says He is going to save us we still want to know the means he will employ. We ransack our brains looking for avenues God is going to use and if they are missing we become desperate. The Captain who was with the King could not see how it was possible for things to be restored back to norm in Samaria even if God was going to rain grain from heaven. Sometimes we want to see the avenues God is going to use so that we can trust Him.
When God promises the seemingly impossible we do not have to try to figure out how he is going to do it for He says, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?“ ( Jeremiah 32:27). We can trust God even when we do not have a clue of how he will bring about the things promised.

God is Sovereign
Isaiah 55: 10-11
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it

God has the power to accomplish all that He desires. When He speaks His words do not fall to the ground, He watches his word to perform it and no one and nothing can stop Him from accomplishing his purpose. We may not see how God is going to turn a situation but that is the time to pray, “I believe, help my unbelief!”

God fulfills His Promise
2 Kings 7: 16- 17
Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Syrians. So a seah of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord. Now the king had appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to have charge of the gate. And the people trampled him in the gate, so that he died, as the man of God had said when the king came down to him.
God put the armies of Syria to flight and gave the Israelites abundance of food. It is not the four lepers that put the armies to flight. The four lepers were guided by God’s providence to discover that the Syrian army and fled, ‘For the Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to come against us.” So they fled away in the twilight and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives.’ ( 2 Kings 7: 6-7)
God defeated the Syrian army without a sword, without anyone’s help and restored abundance of food to Samaria. Even if your situation looks impossible God is in control and at the right time he will solve it as easily as a man snaps his finger. Are you between the Red sea and the Egyptians and you cannot see a way for escape? Trust God, he will bring help at the right time.
Cast all your cares to the Lord, there is nothing too hard for him.

Remember the hymn:
Courage, brother, do not stumble,
Though thy path be dark as night;
There’s a star to guide the humble:
Trust in God and do the right.
Let the road be rough and dreary,
And its end far out of sight,
Foot it bravely; strong or weary,
Trust in God, trust in God,
Trust in God and do the right.
Perish policy and cunning,
Perish all that fears the light!
Whether losing, whether winning,
Trust in God and do the right.
Dennis Macharia.

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