Today’s Scripture: I prayed unto the LORD, saying, Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:16b-17, 26-27

God created the universe by speaking. As we look at the vastness of our universe, we see the immense majesty of our God. The psalmist declared, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1) We see God’s awesome creativity and power when we observe all that He has created. It is so humbling to see how small we are in light of all that God has made. Yet, He loved us so much that He died for our sins. The psalmist realized how undeserving we are of God’s attention. Psalm 8:3-4 says, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

When we come before Him in prayer, we are recognizing who He really is. We understand that He is in control and ask Him for His help in our circumstances. We are asking for His overruling on our behalf. Yet, so often we get up from our prayers ignoring the fact that we just prayed about it. Though we come to God asking Him to do the impossible – or at least, what seems very difficult to us – we forget to wait for His answer. We immediately resume worrying and try to figure out how to fix the situation ourselves.

Often, we aren’t ready for God’s answers because we are busy coming up with our own. We need to realize that His ways are not our ways – they’re better! We need to learn that He cares for us and wants to bear our burdens: Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: (Psalm 55:22a) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7) When you bring your requests to Him, know that He is working, and trust Him – there is nothing too hard for Him.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder