“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27 (NIV)
It’s simple to frame our God into a picture we can see and comprehend, but then we miss the beauty of life as He intended all together. In John 14:1 (NLT) Jesus states, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV) states, for we walk by faith, not by sight. The life of faith is framed in trust. A trust that our God reaches infinitely beyond any frame we humans could construct; way beyond what we ever could think, ask or imagine.
This trust can often seem hard but it’s in those moments His strength can exude our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9) and His peace can surpass our comprehension (Phil. 4:7). A troubled heart can take up a whole lot of space within us… are we willing to let it go to take up His offer of peace and sustaining strength? Are we willing to release ourselves, loved ones and our circumstances into His will, His way and to His timing? There is authentically simple yet profound rest found in the childlike trust of real faith.
2 Kings 20:10-11 finds king Hezekiah deathly ill. He seeks the Lord’s help and God has declared Hezekiah will take victory over this illness. Hezekiah however would like a sign to verify this word from God. So God is willing (in His amazing grace) to do one of two things to prove to Hezekiah He will heal as He has promised. God offers to either move a shadow forward ten steps or back ten steps. Hezekiah states it’s simple to move a shadow forward so he requests that which he feels would be hard for God to do. Hezekiah asks that God move the shadow cast by the sun, backwards!
…and the LORD made the shadow go back ten steps… (v. 11) Simply stated. No record of sweat or strain. No hours of planning or contemplating the logistics. No stress that Hezekiah had selected the “harder” choice. No, because both options were simple to God. EVERYTHING is simple for God!
Healing cancer is no harder than healing the sniffles from a common cold! Rising the sun is no more difficult than rising a tulip! We can’t frame Him! We can’t contain Him! Whatever battle you are facing today, KNOW without a shadow of a doubt on the cross Jesus said, “It is finished.” (Jn. 19:30) then rose again! So there is now nothing that can overcome a soul that belongs to God Almighty! Your battle is won and through the steps in between now and tasting that sweet victory, God has given us His Word; His faithful and precious promise that we will never walk alone (Matt. 28:20). He promises to take hold of our hand, whispering, “Do not fear, I will help you.” (Is. 41:13) It may feel we walk blind at times but if we will obediently follow and trust that the One who created sight will see for us, He will lead us out of that silly simple frame we have created for Him into an adventure beautifully beyond framing. Your life will be a mural to behold eternally to His artistic praise and glory, for nothing is too difficult for Him, EVERYTHING is simple – trust Him.