Read: Jeremiah 32:1-25
“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17
Jeremiah buys a field – e i e i oh. I’m sorry – the title for Jeremiah 32 just seems a little goofy. But it really drives home the point of the passage.
Jeremiah was imprisoned in the courtyard of the temple – not usually a situation in which you would be buying real estate. The Israelites were in big trouble. The king of Babylon was attacking, the nation was besieged and things were not looking good. Again, not a great time to be purchasing real estate, making plans for the future. But God tells Jeremiah to buy his uncle’s field. In the middle of chaos. And Jeremiah obeyed.
The Bible Panorama says, “Jeremiah clearly does not fully understand the significance of the investment at that time.” But Jeremiah clearly did understand something else. That God is bigger than the circumstances and this was not the end of the story. He knew that sometimes where God is leading makes no logical sense to us – but He has a plan – He see’s what we cannot.
The Asbury Bible Commentary says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for” (Heb 11:1) finds a practical application in Jeremiah 32. His purchase of the land was not just a courageous act; it was a demonstration of his faith that nothing is too hard for Yahweh and that he is able to establish order and life in the midst of chaos and lifelessness (32:15, 17). “Is anything too hard for me?” (v. 27) is Yahweh’s response to Jeremiah.”
In the movie “The Princess Bride,” Wesley, in his angst and sorrow, says to Buttercup, “Life is pain, Highness.” And it’s true, isn’t it. Pain and suffering sometimes creep in to even the happiest of days reminding us that life is not all sunshine and lollipops. It may look like all is lost – it probably looked that way to the nation of Israel. But God see’s the whole picture – and He wants you to know there is more going on than meets the eye. Do you believe that God “is able to establish order and life in the midst of chaos and lifelessness”?
Jeremiah’s purchase of his uncle’s field shows his faith in God’s sovereignty over not only his present circumstances, but also his future circumstances. God says to Jeremiah, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
He says that to us, as well. In every sorrow, in every worry, in the midst of chaos, His spirit speaks to us, assuring us, “Is anything too hard for me?”
Almighty God, I believe you are the Lord, the God of all mankind. And I believe that nothing is too hard for you. I give you my hurts and my fears, my worries about the future, and I choose faith in your sovereignty and in your goodness. Thank you for having it all worked out, Lord. Thank you for pouring out your love upon me. Please increase my faith, Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.