Genesis 18:13-15, ESV
"The Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh…Is anything too hard for the Lord?’ …But Sarah denied it…I did not laugh…. ‘No, but you did laugh.’"
Jesus, in what ways do I laugh at your promises, both general and specific? Do I discount your ability to still do the impossible, the improbable, the unexpected? O, me of little faith.
Help me to continue to believe you for the salvation of those for whom I pray.
Help me to continue to believe you to use me well beyond what is explainable and reasonable. Blow my mind and my expectations with your power and grace!
JB Phillips wrote a book entitled:
“Your God Is Too small”
Two of Mark Buchanan’s books are:
”Your God Is Too Safe" & “Your Church Is Too Safe”
Experience has taught me that when you see your problems as big, you see God as small. When you see your God as big, you see your problems as small. Don’t go to God and tell Him how big your problems are, but rather go to your problems and tell them how big your God is!
Sarah and Abraham’s issue was thinking that their age, and being beyond child-bearing years, precluded them from having any children. Think again; all of us who laugh, or scoff, at what God says, he wants to do and can do!
Abraham and Sarah both laughed at God’s pronouncement that they would have a son. They didn’t take into account that nothing is too hard for the Lord.
Let me say it again. Nothing is too hard for the Lord.
- What idea or dream have you given up on because you thought it was too hard?
- What person have you given up on because you thought they were too hard?
- What set-back or sin have you given in on because you thought it was too hard to ever experience victory again?
- What weakness or perceived liability have you accepted because you thought it was too hard and God could not overcome these and use you anyway?
Have you ever laughed at God…his promises, his pronouncements? He can overcome your laughter, your disbelief, your doubts and your fears! Learn from Abraham and Sarah.
God loves to take ordinary people and do extraordinary things!