Discovering Heaven, one encounter at a time.
“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” I came across this verse today and the memory surfaced of when I was “introduced” to this verse as a brand new Sunday school teacher. It’s remained a favorite Scripture of mine for many years now, but another remembrance also surfaced of an incident a few years ago. It’s an incident in which I believe I failed to exercise the measure of faith I’ve been given. It was when an MRI revealed a large “irregular” tumor inside the top socket of my tibia bone, and I allowed myself to be overcome by my situation.
I hardly uttered a prayer for my own healing, and I don’t even remember receiving any prayers in regards to healing—at least not any faith-filled ones. And it wasn’t as if I had never been through any hard things. As a young Christian I walked through a life-threatening illness afflicting my firstborn, and had I been legally married to her father, I would have been a widow just a short while later. But all these years later I seemed to lack the courage I exhibited through these earlier situations. Now, my behavior suggested these things were “too hard” for the Lord; obviously, they weren’t—they were merely “too hard” for me.
But I also realized that this is not the end of the story or the end of my opportunities to exercise faith and courage. If I did fail a test of faith, I don’t get a permanent “F”. I get a second chance. We all get a second chance. And a third and fourth and so on. Though we may fall (or fail) we are not utterly cast down. In fact, God lifts us up onto our high places. He trains our hands for war and our fingers for the battle. He infuses us with strength, with hope, with love, with whatever we need in any situation. All we have to do is ask.
But the just shall live by his faith. –Habakkuk 2:4