***Excerpt from 'Streams in the Desert' by Mrs. Charles E Cowen***
"Is there anything too hard for Jehovah?" (Gen 18:14)
Here is God's loving challenge to you and to me today. He wants us to think of the deepest, highest, worthiest desire and longing of our hearts, something which perhaps was our desire for ourselves or for someone dear to us, yet which has been so long unfulfilled that we have looked upon it as only a lost desire, that which might have been but no cannot be, and so have given up hope of seeing it fulfilled in this life.
That thing, if it is in line with what we know to be His expressed will (as a son to Abraham and Sarah was), God intends to do for us.even if we know that it is of such utter impossibility that we only laugh at the absurdity of any one's supposing it could ever now come to pass. That thing God intends to do for us, if we will let Him.
"Is anything too hard for the Lord?" Not when we believe in Him enough to go forward and do His will, nd let Him do the impossible for us. Even Abraham and Sarah could have blocked God's plan if they had continued to disbelieve.
The only thing too hard for Jehovah is deliberate, continued disbelief in His love and power, and our final rejection of His plans for us. Nothing is too hard for Jehovah to do for them that trust Him....Messages for the Morning Watch.
Above was my devotional for today. Like always, I was deeply challenged by the words chosen by Mrs. Cowman. I am always so thankful that she allowed herself to be a vessel, filled with God's leading. Through her writings, I am brought closer to the Lord and His promises. Today was no different.
After I read the passage, I sat on my bed thinking of all the things that could fit into the worthy description of deepest, highest, worthiest desire and longing of our hearts. Yes there were a few I could come up with, but they were quickly pushed away as selfish or unworthy. I dug deeper in my heart looking for one I had all but given up hope on.
It came to me, like it has a lot lately. You see, my 60 year old uncle is dying of cancer. He lives in another state and we have a loving, but surface relationship due to the fact that we hardly ever see one another. I have not seen him in over 5 years and there is a real possibility that I will not see him again in this lifetime. What burdens me the most is his eternal future. He has never indicated that he has put his trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and chosen to follow Him. Though he may have occasionally mentioned a passing belief in the existence of God, there are no fruits or actions that would suggest he has chosen to follow the Lord with his life.
Knowing that he is closing in on his eternal destination, his salvation has been in the forefront of my heart and my prayers. I dont know him well, but I love him dearly and want so much to spend the next life getting to know him.
I feel the need to add here that his father, my grandfather, passed away 5 years ago. When he died, we had no indication that he had turned his life over to the Lord. My father tried on many occasions to speak with him about God, and he would always tell my dad that he was not interested. My father is a minister of the Gospel and I know that it weighs heavy on his heart that, though he has been privileged to lead many souls to the Lord, he was unable to share the love of Jesus with his own father. I think that my father feels even more burdened to share with his brother the hope and peace that the Lord can bring.
So, I left my room this morning prayerful, but for once at peace. I knew that God COULD answer my prayer. I could only pray that He WOULD......
Tonight, as I sat in McDonalds watching my kiddos play on the play place, I opened my phone to check out my emails. And this is what I found:
You know that I went to Phoenix.....right? Did you know the EXCITING news? Uncle G, received Christ into his life. Amen!! Dad
So if you saw some crazy lady looking at her phone blubbering with tears running down her face. That was me, with PURE JOY spilling over!!!!!! And do you want to know the crazy thing? My dad got home on MONDAY! So, that means anytime in the last 4 days, he could have emailed (or Heaven forbid CALLED) and told me the great news. But, no, God had his own way. He chose to have me read this passage today. I know He is reminding me that He is in control and nothing is too hard for Him!!!!
Please keep my uncle in your prayers! Please pray that God would fill him and make him just a beacon of light in his last days. That he would have the joy of seeing his own children walk in the light of the Lord! Pray that his faith would be an encouragement to others and that his faith would grow deeper and stronger for each and every day of his life. And pray for his healing. Because there is NOTHING to hard for Jehovah!!
God Bless you!!!