Behold, I Am God
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all
flesh. Is anything too hard for Me?
Jeremiah 32:27 (NASB)
It was 587 BC, in the eighteenth year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and the tenth year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah. Jerusalem was being attacked by the Babylonian army. King Zedekiah put Jeremiah in the prison in the courtyard of the guard at the royal palace to protect him.
During that time, God came to Jeremiah and told him Jerusalem was about to fall and it would be useless to fight because they would lose. He told Jeremiah to purchase a plot of land. “Your cousin Hanamel son of Shallum will come and say to you, ’Buy my field at Anathoth. By law you have the right to buy it before it is offered to anyone else (32:7).’ ” And that’s exactly what happened. So Jeremiah purchased the lot because he knew what he had heard was from the Lord.
But he was confused as to why God would want him to buy land when Jerusalem was about to be captured. So, he prayed, “Oh Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!....And yet, O Sovereign Lord, you have told me to buy a field—paying good money for it before these witnesses—even though the city will soon be handed over to the Babylonians.”
The first thing God said in response to Jeremiah’s prayer was, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for Me? (32:27)” Jerusalem was about to fall and God is telling Jeremiah to behold Him. He’s saying, “Look at Me”. I will do everything I have said I would do. And then He asked Jeremiah if anything was too hard for Him? Jeremiah had just said that in his prayer, so why would God ask him that? Did Jeremiah doubt God’s wisdom in telling him to buy a field? Did he think that maybe God was not putting the pieces together?
Don’t we do the same thing at times? Don’t we question God when we don’t understand? There is nothing wrong with that, but don’t be surprised if He says to you, “Behold, I am God, is anything too hard for Me?” He’s saying, “Wait a minute. I know you have these questions, and I want to answer them, but first, I want you to stop and behold Me; remember who I am and what I am capable of. Don’t primarily look for the answer, but look at Me. That is what’s most important. And then wait for the answer.” The Bible teaches us to keep praying until the answer comes so we pray and we behold God because He is God. It is my belief that if we learn to behold God rather than focus on getting the answer or the thing we are praying for, we will find peace and rest in the waiting.