HARD TIMES MADE EASY

Jeremiah 32:17-27


Jeremiah 32:17-27 New King James Version (NKJV)

17 ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

18 You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them—the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts.

19 You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for Your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.

20 You have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, to this day, and in Israel and among other men; and You have made Yourself a name, as it is this day.

21 You have brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, and with great terror;

22 You have given them this land, of which You swore to their fathers to give them—"a land flowing with milk and honey."

23 And they came in and took possession of it, but they have not obeyed Your voice or walked in Your law. They have done nothing of all that You commanded them to do; therefore You have caused all this calamity to come upon them.

24 ‘Look, the siege mounds! They have come to the city to take it; and the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword and famine and pestilence. What You have spoken has happened; there You see it!

25 And You have said to me, O Lord God, “Buy the field for money, and take witnesses”!—yet the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans.'"

God’s Assurance of the People’s Return

26 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying,

27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?



Dr Gough:


There will come hard times. All kinds. To us all.

--Some are in them now. Where do we turn for help?

--Turn to the Lord God! It is great what God can do.

--He can make bad times into spiritually good times.!


Jeremiah's life, all he faced, is a model for us.

--Took his troubles to God. "Lord God! Behold, You made the heavens and earth by Your great power and outstretched arm." Asks help. "There is nothing too hard for You" (Jer. 32:17). He praises God.

--He recounts many of God's great blessings.

--Recalls God's power and grace, His loving care.


What happened? "The word of the Lord came' to him!

--Look at verse 27, God assures, "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?" Of course there isn't.

--But we must be, as Jeremiah, fully yielded to God.

--When we are, be sure that God will care for us.

--Day by day He has brought us through, miraculously.


Think of Jesus - God in human flesh - His hard times.

--His opposition, rejection, oppression, His cross.

--He had to be born in a borrowed manger.

--Herod sought His life - had to flee to Egypt.

--As Messiah, He preached from a borrowed boat.

--Fed thousands with a lad's borrowed lunch.

--Rode into Jerusalem amid palms and hosannas, on a borrowed donkey.

--Ate His Last Supper, in a borrowed upper room.

--Crucified for our sins, He was buried in a borrowed tomb - but only needed it for three days.!

--Jesus arose! Despite all He endured! Ever alive!


None will ever face all the hardships Jesus faced.

--And did it for us! For our sins, and salvation!

--But He came to save us and make life easier for us.

--He made everything, possessed nothing, borrowed so much; yet said, "All authority is given to Me, in heaven and on earth" (Matthew 28:18). Gives all.

--In Him, and with Him, He makes hard times easier.


In Chapter 32 Jeremiah is in prison for the Lord.

--Jerusalem is under siege by the Babylonian army.

--"They have come to the city to take it" (v 24).

--God would have Jeremiah to buy a piece of land, to show faith that God would restore Israel in time!

--Jeremiah goes to God in prayer of all God has done.

--"You have made the heavens and the earth .. there is nothing too hard for You. You show loving kindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of fathers .. You are great in counsel and mighty in work. Your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways" (17-19).


God answers his prayer, "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard .. for Me?" (v 27). No! God can make hard times easy!

--What is Jeremiah 32 teaching us in our hard times?


I. BRING OUR HARD TIMES AND PROBLEMS TO GOD.

--We can learn from Jeremiah -- what may be too great for us, is not too great for God.

--He Who "knows the end from the beginning" can help.

--Hear His promises, "Is anything too hard for Me?"

--Two tiime in one chapter, God reminds us of this.


You may be having some problems, of all kinds, now.

--Perhaps discouraged. Depressed. Or down a bit.

--Things not going well, or right, in your life.

--Or your job. Or marriage. Or with the family.

--Maybe your finances. Or maybe your health.

--It could be you have lost a loved one, or friend.

--Or your spriritual life, with God, is not all it was once, or what it ought to be. Sin creeps in on us.

--This can, and should, draw us closer to God.

--Give your life - hard times - over to the Lord!

--He can save us, and make our hard times easier!


There are different reasons for life's hard times.

--Maybe you can establish causes, but work on a cure.

--Seek a good and godly solution, with the Savior!


We may thinnk the problem no interest to the Lord.

--Much of the Bible is about problem-solving aid.

--But let the Lord work it out..His way, and will.

--You see "God's ways are higher than ours" (Isa 55).


If you don't have any problems today, Thank God.

--One young mother, watching her small children running around, said, "Thank God, all my problems are little ones."

--Let's see all our problems as little ones, to God.


Some of the most popular newspaper columns are those that deal with all kinds of problems people send in.

--Most of the same problems - and solutions - can be found in the Word of God, and His best counsel.

--It is all at our finger tips, in our own homes, if we have a Bible and will use it.


Problems are going to come. Everyone has some.

--Even our Lord Jesus had them when here on earth.

--How beautifully Jesus resolved His. Helps us.


I was at Hillsdale College in Michigan and heard the president, Dr. Don Phillips, tell of being in Chicago at a large hotel speaking at a Motivation Forum.

--Business leaders, industrialists, professors, were there, and he was listing on a huge screen all his major points, in preparation. Of attitudes and faith.

--It was about problem-solving. Solutions, success.

--A lone, humble cleaning lady looked long at them.

--She said to him, "You left out an important one!"

--"What's that?" Dr. Phillips asked.

--It is simply this, "You gotta wanna!" she said.

--"You got to want to help yourself; let God help.

--He put it on his list. Don Philliips thanked her.


II. ANY HARD PLACE - OR PERSON - GOD CAN MAKE BETTER.

--I believe that, for He has done it for me.

--My friend, God can for you. For anyone, anywhere.

--I faced it in the Armed Forces. Not like home.

--I was in the midst of profanity, and all the rest.

--When it was hard to pray. And obey my Lord.

--When people would make fun of "born again" folks.

--That's when the Lord's light should shine best.

--To be like a lily growing in the midst of much and mire, but it isn't soiled. It keeps pure.


Maybe you are in a hard place where you live, in the home or neighborhood. Or, possible where you work.

--Do others know that you are a follower of Christ?

--In a humble, loving way, show the beauty of Jesus.

--No matter what, live pleasing to God, always.

--Unashamed of being truly "born again" in Christ.

--That is what the Apostles did, where they went.


No one, not even Jesus, can please everyone we meet.

--Let's all try to please others, by pleasing God.


If God can be with three Hebrew children, and a Daniel - all who dared to do right when told to do what is wrong - don't you think He can make a way for us?


Be gentle. Kind. Compassionate and caring for all.

--If prayer doesn't seem to work, keep praying, living close to Christ, and He will work it right!

--To trust and obey, and daily pray - in His name.


A huge church in Alabama we worshiped in had a large parking lot with sections designated, "JOY, LOVE, PATIENCE, GENTLENESS, MEEKNESS, GOODNESS" (Galatians 5).

--These were words they saw as they left Church, for they are the "fruit of the Spirit" we all need.


I've met some persons hardened in unbelief or doubt.

--May I say, it may be hard, but they can be saved!

--Hard hearts, long shunning the Savior, need love.

--They can delay. Doubt. Find fault. Or excuses.

--But no one can say, "The Lord can't save or change me!" for He is able to save "all who come" to Him!

--Let none say He can't , for "nothing - no one - is too hard for God." He ever loves, seeks, sinners.

--God "is not willing that any should perish."


Like with Jeremiah, with God let's defeat hard times!

--And hard times, may at times, harden hearts to God.

--Don't let it, my dear friend. Warm up to Him.

--Come humbly, penitently, prayerfully, to Christ.

--Receive His love and grace. His forgiveness.

--His sweet fellowship; at His feet, see His face.

--To make us tenderhearted toward others we meet.

--To remember daily, "There is nothing too hard for God." Nothing!



Dr. Wilbert D. Gough ThD, DD. 683

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