Foundational Scripture: Isaiah 59:1 KJV
Reference Scriptures: Isa. 59:1, Isa. 50:2, II Peter 3:8, Gen. 18:14, Num. 11:5, Num. 11:21-22, Num. 11:23, Num. 11:31, Jer. 32:17
In the 59th chapter and the 1st verse, of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, we read the prophet Isaiah saying, “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear (Isa. 59:1 KJV).”
As Christians, we are supposed to believe that God is able to do anything. However, in this area of scripture, Isaiah highlights our reluctance to admitting that God can save. Isaiah also highlights the reasons why we do not see the saving power of God. These “reasons” originate with our own shortcomings of totally following God and thinking too small of God.
We have rejected God, and this is the principal reason why we do not experience the salvation of God. It is not because God is not able to save, but it is rather because we choose not to do what God tells us to do. “Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst (Isa. 50:2 KJV). God is not the reason for our calamity, we are. Our disposition to reject God has led us to desolation, destruction, and lack of spiritual and basic needs.
As human beings, we wrongly say or think that something may be too hard for him to accomplish. How can anything be too difficult for God (the creator of all mankind, creation, the heavens, the earth, all things seen and unseen) to accomplish? There is nothing in our lives that God is not able to save us from or accomplish. Remember, we are talking about his saving power, not a genie power to do whatever we wish. God’s main goal and will is for all of us to be saved and to see His will and purpose accomplished. God is able to accomplish anything. However, God’s timing will sometime not line up with when we think God should do or accomplish something, but there is good reason for Him doing so. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (II Peter 3:8 KJV).” When Sarah, Abraham’s wife, doubted if the Lord could let her have a child at the age 90, God replied by saying, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD (Gen. 18:14)?” We should ask ourselves this same question often, while constantly reminding ourselves that No, nothing is too hard for God to accomplish in our lives.
Another area in our souls that makes us mistakenly miss what God is able to do for us is doubt. Sometimes the task that is before us may seem too large for the Lord to handle. Or we just cannot possibly conceive God doing something for us in such a big way when there are not any resources visible. God is able to create resources. He created everything! So He is able to speak resources into existence that were previously non-existent. When the Israelites were going through the wilderness, they complained that they did not have any meat like they had when they were slaves in Egypt (Num. 11:5 KJV). When God told Moses that He would give the people, all the people, meat, Moses doubted because of the resources and circumstances (Num 11:21-22 KJV). Moses said, “The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month. Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them (Num. 11:21-22 KJV).” Moses displayed doubt based on the surrounding resources. However, God answered back to Moses by saying, “Is the LORD’s hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not (Num. 11:23 KJV).” And as God promised, quails were sent to the people of Israel for flesh to eat (Num. 11:31 KJV). We cannot look at our circumstances and use them to judge God’s ability to save us. Judging God by what we see, our circumstances and resources, leads to doubting God.
We can look to what God has created as evidence of what God is capable of. If we look all around us, we see people, beautiful trees, mountains, clouds, waterfalls, unique animals, snowflakes, the list is endless. We also experience things that are unseen, that God has created like emotions, angels, patience, kindness, meekness, Heaven, and innumerable other things. How can God, who created everything we see and don’t see, not be able to do anything? It would be unwise for individuals that see God for who He really is, creator of all things, and not believe that He is capable of accomplishing whatever He says He will accomplish. In the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah, Jeremiah exclaims, “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 (Jer. 32:17 KJV).”
The Lord’s hand is not short, but we make it short by blaming, rejecting, and doubting God. God never has the need to be evaluated or judged. However, our souls are in constant need of self-evaluation and judgment to see what is the reason we do not think God can save us or accomplish something in our lives. We see here, that the reasons originate within ourselves. So, there is no problem for God, rather we create problems within our own hearts. And it is our hearts that also lead to God not being able to save us.
- What is the main reason we do not experience the saving power of God?
- What question should we constantly ask ourselves? What should be the answer to this question?
- What can we look at as evidence of God’s ability to do or accomplish anything?