He Can, but Will He?

I read this verse this morning, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” -Jeremiah‬ ‭32:27‬ ‭NASB‬‬. The answer, of course, is “No”. God can do ANYTHING except sin (and that subject is for another day). He can heal. He can intervene.  He can change our circumstances completely.  Although many people have often questioned His power and abilities, in my mind that’s never been the question.

Jehovah, the God of the Bible, is the creator of the universe.  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.” -Genesis‬ ‭1:1-3‬ ‭NASB. What could possibly be impossible for Him?!  He stopped the sun for Joshua:  “Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “O sun, stand still at Gibeon, And O moon in the valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. . . . . There was no day like that before it or after it, when the LORD listened to the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel.”‭‭ -Joshua‬ ‭10:12-14‬ ‭NASB‬‬‬‬.   The Bible is full of accounts of His healing and intervening on behalf of mankind.  He CAN do anything.  The real question is, WILL He?

Is it His will to change these circumstances at this time?  Is it His will to heal this person at this time?  And HOW will He do these things?  I ask that question as well and I can count on Him not doing it the way I expect a good portion of the time. If I have any doubts about God, this is where they lie.  More often than not, I doubt that He will do anything dramatic or that what He does will even be visible to me.  I have seen God do many dramatic things in my 23-years of walking with Him, so why do I doubt?  I guess because there have been plenty of times when I didn’t see what He was doing.  I didn’t see and I didn’t understand.

A funny thing about being a child of God is that in some way it’s like being anyone’s child – we don’t HAVE to understand.  We don’t have to KNOW everything our parent is doing and we don’t have to UNDERSTAND everything either.  Our job is to obey and if they’re a good parent, we trust them.  God is a good parent.  I can trust Him.  I can trust that while a particular thing that I want (or think I need) at a particular time that I want it may not be His will . . . He absolutely CAN accomplish it.

So, the question is not “Can He?”, but rather “Is it His will?  WILL He?  I don’t always know and here enters faith.  Faith that He is in control – “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.” -Job‬ ‭42:2‬ ‭NASB‬‬. “Your regulations remain true to this day, for everything serves Your plans.” -Psalms‬ ‭119:91‬ ‭NLT‬‬  Faith that He wants good for me – “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NASB‬‬.  And faith that in the end, HIS plans will all work out – “Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for He chose us in advance, and He makes everything work out according to His plan.” -Ephesians‬ ‭1:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬.   Amen!  He can and He will, according to His plans and purposes, not mine.


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