Jeremiah 32:17: “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”

Used to thinking in limitations, it is hard to imagine “limitless” instead. However, nothing is impossible for the Lord. This is something to remember, especially when facing a serious challenge. Case in point: my husband Bill is presently considering becoming self-employed. Like so many others in 2020, he has been furloughed since early spring when the pandemic began to take world stage. As we are going through the logistics of his endeavor, we have the opportunity to pray with prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 32:17):

“Ah Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”

There are no impossibilities that God’s great power cannot handle. One of the first things that come to my mind in this context is Israel’s initial and most recent Exodus. The initial Exodus from Egypt led to the birth of their nation. Israel’s latest Exodus happened in the last century and describes an astonishing event: The declaration of the State of Israel was proclaimed on May 14, 1948 establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years; as a result, Jews from all over the world exited their respective host countries to return to Eretz-Israel, Israel’s home soil. In 2020, the nation of Israel has grown to 8,655,535 people – a modern miracle.

Meanwhile, the theme of the Exodus seems to have lent itself to a number of historical events and situations. American settlers interpreted their flight from Europe to a new life in North America as a new Exodus. African Americans suffering under slavery and racial oppression especially connected to the Exodus, aiming it a catalyst for social change.

Spearheading Israel’s Exodus, the Lord encouraged them with the following words (Exodus 6:6):

“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.”

When we feel stuck and desperate and are in dire need of change the Lord has a way. With a mighty hand and outstretched arm He will lead us in a modern Exodus all of our own. We will tread new territory and most likely move past our comfort zone, but all God is asking for is to keep on believing. Trusting God, we get to know Him a little bit better every day as we step out in faith.

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