There simply are things in life that seem impossible–even for God. In hindsight, certainly God could easily and did bring Sarah a child. But, after nearly a century of wanting to bear a child–such a hope seemed way out of reach and even comical. As Abraham and Sarah had faithfully followed God in Canaan, the two of them were blessed exceedingly and abundantly–beyond measure. Still, there always nagged that one unfulfilled promise–the promise of an heir. I’m sure it was the utter frustration of “I have heard that promise before!” that caused Sarah to laugh when God announced her pregnancy. Yet, it was no less a sign that she lacked complete trust that God would fulfill his promise. When called out, she was scared and embarrassed–like I would be, but, to God, it was a great teaching moment–“Is there anything impossible for God?”
In our lives, when we have sought and followed God, we have often expected for life to be fun-filled and glorious. Then when reality has set in, we inadvertently begin to lose a little faith. While we still believe God is awesome and he is the master of the universe–we sometimes fail to personalize his power for our journey. In reality–God’s ways are not our ways. We have ideas and expectations for how we think God should proceed. Yet, in retrospect, we often find that God’s plan–well executed; makes our lives full and meaningful. We also can track event after event–where we have made things much more difficult by trying to help God out–ask Hagar and Ishmael. In the athletics and in the military world, the soldiers and athletes are pushed beyond what they believe they can bear. But, at the end of the season or training–These folks are in the top shape and intimately prepared for what lies ahead. We must trust that God has the same in mind for us; and follow him closely to make sure we are as highly trained and finely tuned. There are no higher stakes, nor greater prize than what lies ahead for us!
God Bless You
“Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him. “There, in the tent,” he said.
Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.
Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.
So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’
Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”