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Songs of Hope: There's Nothing That Our God Can't Do

Posted by Hayden Lenderman on

Song: There’s Nothing That Our God Can’t Do

Artist: Passion

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 Earlier this week (I am writing this devotional on August 14th, 2020), my dad began chemo. He has had cancer before, and we were overjoyed when he overcame it the first time. It is still in remission today, but when we found out he had cancer somewhere else and that it wasn’t the original cancer that had spread, I was afraid. I’m not naïve or blind to the reality of what is happening, but, unlike last time around, I have a sense of peace during this time that can only be from God. I know it’s easier to have peace since I am not the one going through chemo, but God has still shown me peace and given me hope in these circumstances. I don’t share this for people to feel bad for me or my family or throw us a pity party; my prayer would be that my life would be an example of how there is hope even in the darkest seasons of our lives and that it is not based on our circumstances, but is rooted in Christ alone. I find hope because of God’s faithfulness in the past and I am reminded of His faithfulness and power when I sing songs like this one.

“Just one word, You calm the storm that surrounds me

Just one word, the darkness has to retreat

Just one touch, I feel the presence of Heaven

Just one touch, my eyes were opened to see, my heart can’t help but believe”

In the verses, we declare God’s power and authority over all creation by saying “Just one word” and “Just one touch”. With just one word, Jesus calms the storm that is around us and darkness has to retreat in His light. I love the third line, because it says with just one touch, we feel the presence of Heaven. This emphasizes the personal nature of God, that He is with us always and He makes His presence known to us. “‘I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.’” (John 14:16-17, NASB) Then the last line of the verse is our response to what God has done. I am reminded of the story of the man who was born blind and was healed by Jesus. “When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed and came back seeing…Jesus heard that they had put him out, and finding him, He said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ He answered, ‘Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.’ And he said ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshipped Him.” (John 9:6-7, 35-38, NASB) This man was healed of literal blindness and his response was to worship Jesus as Lord when he learned who He was.

“There’s nothing that our God can’t do, there’s not a mountain that He can’t move

Oh, praise the name that makes a way, there’s nothing that our God can’t do”

Here, we declare that there is nothing that our God can’t do. For the sake of speaking truth, I want to clarify that statement. When we sing worship music, we often say “God can do anything” but the truth is that there are things God can’t do. This isn’t a heretical statement, but it actually further proves His divinity. What I am saying is that God can’t do things that go against His character or His nature. For instance, God is perfectly holy, therefore He can’t sin. God is perfectly just, therefore He can’t do something unjust. God is perfectly loving, therefore He can’t experience wrath or anger that is not entirely righteous. We sing and say that God can do anything, and I don’t think that is wrong for us to say, but for the sake of clarity I wanted to share this with you all. Trust me that this doesn’t make Him any weaker or less worthy of our praise; it actually makes Him stronger and even MORE worthy! We know that He can do all things. The same God who caused the sun to stop in the sky, who spoke to Balaam through a donkey, who raised Lazarus and Jesus from the grave, who sent the Holy Spirit to all who accept Him as Lord, can do anything in your life. And so, we praise Him for who He is and what He has done, is doing, and will do!

“Just one word, You heal what’s broken inside me

Just one word, and You revive every dream

Just one touch, I feel the power of Heaven

Just one touch, my eyes were opened to see, my heart can’t help but believe”

God’s work from Genesis after the fall to Revelation is to restore the world to His original design. Sin entered the world and all of creation suffers from this. Part of God’s redemption plan is to redeem and heal each person who accepts Him into their hearts. I used to volunteer with a drug and alcohol addiction recovery ministry and the redemptive power of Christ was so evident in their lives. They were hopeless but now had hope in Him. I saw so many families restored, so many bondages broken, and so many hearts healed during that time that I firmly know of God’s redeeming and restoring love. The third line, “Just one touch, I feel the power of Heaven” immediately brought to my mind the account of the woman that had been bleeding for twelve years. See these words from the Gospel of Mark, “A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse—after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. For she thought, ‘If I just touch His garments, I will get well.’ IMMEDIATELY the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. IMMEDIATELY Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my garments?’ And His disciples said to Him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, “Who touched Me?”’ And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.’” (Mark 5:25-34, NASB, emphasis added) In this encounter with Jesus, the woman touched His clothes, and was still healed by His power! Do we truly trust that God has the power to heal, like this woman trusted?

“There’s nothing that our God can’t do, there’s not a mountain that He can’t move

Oh, praise the name that makes a way, there’s nothing that our God can’t do

There’s nothing that our God can’t do, there’s not a prison wall He can’t break through

Oh, praise the name that makes a way, there’s nothing that our God can’t do”

This chorus is the same as the one before, but it also adds another part to it. “Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.’” (John 8:34, NASB) See also, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1, NASB) We were in bondage to sin and death until Christ’s redeeming work on the cross and we are now free from that bondage to live the life God created us to live. If Jesus was able to free us from sin and ultimate death, can He not free us from any prison we find ourselves in? Maybe we are imprisoned by anger or lust or greed or pride or addiction or bitterness or many other things, but Jesus can meet us where we are and free us from those prisons!

“I will believe for greater things, there’s no power like the power of Jesus

Let faith arise, let all agree, there’s no power like the power of Jesus”

This may be my favorite part of the song. We, as true disciples of Christ, have an active faith, not a passive one. We don’t accept Jesus as our savior and then we are done and just have God do everything for us. We have an active faith because we continually choose God each day. We continue to choose to find our joy in Him. We continue to choose to put our trust in Him. The enemy prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour, so he will look for any weakness any of us have and will try to exploit those to make us not believe God. I don’t say this to make our faith about works; we have plenty of evidence to prove that our faith is not based on works, but on grace through faith (see Ephesians 2:8-9), but we must choose to put on the things of God. “…and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” (Ephesians 4:23-24, NASB)

Conclusion: So why do I have hope, despite my circumstances with my dad’s cancer? Why should we all have hope, regardless of whatever circumstances we are in? Because I know that there is nothing God can’t do. I know that He is the perfect healer, and so I pray bold prayers for healing for my dad. I know He is the giver of peace (John 14:27) so I pray for peace for my dad and my family. I know that He is perfectly good so I trust in that, that whatever happens will be for His glory and our ultimate good. Know this: there is nothing that our God can’t do, so trust in His strength and in His goodness and find your hope in Him.

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