Poor English. Great Theology

Genesis 18:14 (NASB)

Is anything too difficult for the Lord?

Mark 5:36

Do not fear, only believe.


He lay in his bed at the nursing home in Springfield, Illinois. I would visit him on a regular basis while I was assigned to that home during my seminary training. He had some form of congenital disease, much like cerebral palsy. He could barely move. His speech was slurred and difficult to understand. But his witness to me has stuck with me for nearly 40 years. He has the answer to the question asked by the messengers of God, “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?” Joe’s witness: “There ain’t nothin’ God can’t do.” Poor English. Great theology. Garbled speech. Clear witness.

Whom shall we, therefore, fear? Of what event should we be afraid? How do we proceed in the face of threat, challenge, or danger? We move faithfully forward into the unknown (to us!) future. For that future has been secured by God. We take up the battle against sin, Satan, and death itself, for we need not fear, and we serve a God who is able to do far more abundantly than all we think or imagine.

“There ain’t nothin’ God can’t do” That’s not in the Bible per se. But it is the witness of a faithful man of God who witnessed to me nearly four decades ago and whose witness might help any number of us face the battles and challenges of the day.

  1. Sue said:


    Just read this to my sister as we’re waiting for her to be taken in for surgery. Hip replacement. Very fitting. The Lord sure provides the right stuff doesn’t he?

    • Sue,
      God bless your sister and her medical team through this process. As one with an artificial left hip, I can imagine what she must have gone through in the weeks and months leading up to today. Praying for successful surgery and a speedy recovery! Best to you and your sister. David

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