The Republican convention is being held this week and the Democratic national convention will take place in early September. The political polsters are hitting the phones. The political ads on TV are ever-present. Soon we will be electing our President to serve the next four years.
As election time nears we are not only bombarded by thousands of adds, paid for by candidates and their supporters, we will also hear lots of promises made by the candidates. Each one will tell you what things they will do to make our nation better and stronger. “If I am elected, I promise to……” Then comes their commitment, one which is meant to entice you to give them your vote.
If this election is typical, we will hear promises to reform the tax system, fix social security, Medicare, and Medicaid. We will hear talk about cutting spending, balancing the budget, getting rid of the deficit, reducing unemployment, and addressing the subject of illegal immigration.
We all know how much stock we can place in such promises. They are not worth much. Seldom are such promises ever kept. This is true for many reasons. They may be unrealistic, face opposition of the opposing party, or simply be too ambitious.
What a difference it with the Lord. When God makes a promise, he keeps it. When he says that he will do something, you know that it will get done. It may take a while but it will be done when the time is right. What also makes God’s promises so amazing is that from a human perspective the things he promises to do would be impossible for us to accomplish.
Take God’s promises to Abraham. God told Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation; that all people would be blessed through him, and his seed would be as numerous as the stars of the sky or sands of the sea. How could this be since Abraham and Sarah had no off-spring.
Finally, when Abraham and Sarah were “old and well advanced in years and Sarah was past the age of child bearing” (Gn18:11), God told them that within a year Sarah would give birth to a son. How could this be? The answer is found in verse 14a, “Is there anything too hard for the LORD?” This was a rhetorical question. The answer was not up for debate. There is nothing too hard for the Lord.
What a comfort it is to know this truth as we face the problems and challenges of each day. The Lord has promised to help us in time of need, to answer our prayers, to use all things – even trials and troubles, for our good. He has promised to return on the Last Day, to raise the bodies of all people who have ever lived, to take those who believe in Jesus as their Savior to glory for all eternity. As impossible as it may seem God has kept and will keep every promise he has made.
“Is there anything too hard for the LORD?” The answer is no. Trust in his promises. He’s given you his Word.