I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
— Jeremiah 32:27

600 or so years before the arrival of the Christ-child, our Father uses Jeremiah as His mouthpiece to ask this rhetorical yet powerfully-clarifying question.

Not to obtain an answer. But instead to clear out the mental debris of half-thought-out expectations and misleading ideas which fill most our minds. These cobwebs must be cleared away before the search for what God is capable of in our lives can begin.

What is interesting in Scripture is our Savior’s similar penchant for well-chosen, carefully-scripted questions 600 years later when He arrives on the scene.

Those familiar with His teaching would remark, “No one ever spoke the way this man does” (John 7:46), perhaps due to His knack for teaching through inquiry.

Some guess that between the four gospels, Jesus asked 225 different questions –90 in Matthew, 67 in Mark, 96 in Luke, and 51 in John.

But why?

C.S. Lewis once wrote: “It is our painful duty to wake the world from enchantment.” If one combines Lewis’s assertion here with the tremendous power rhetorical questions possess to lift the emotional fog in our lives, and our expectations as to what God is capable of, how much differently would we live?

If we are not careful, our lives can begin to oscillate between being caught in the grip of fantasy (what we call faith) and the clutch of a nightmare (or our present circumstances).

What if God’s asks these rhetorical questions to help break us of our spell?

He is the Lord. The God of all mankind. Is anything too difficult for Him?

Is there anything He cannot do?

Is there no remedy for your ailment, no balm for your situation?

Can the One who spoke light into darkness and breathed life into dust not handle the thing that has been inhabiting your mind?

Does your worry pack more potent an elixir?

Jesus was so brilliant in His ability to ask good, gut-wrenching, clarifying questions because that’s exactly what His Father did.

So allow His Father’s question to penetrate the chains gripping your heart:

I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
— Jeremiah 32:27

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