THE GOD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE

Scripture Reading: Genesis 18:1-19

“Then the Lord said, ‘I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.'” (Genesis 18:10)

God established His covenant with Abraham (17:1-7). He again revealed to Abraham that Sarah would bear a child (17:15,16). God changed Sarai’s name to “Sarah,” which means “princess.” God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name shall be Sarah. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her” (17:15,16).

When Abraham heard this he fell on his face and laughed (17:17). This laughter was a laugh of joyful acceptance and wonder. God also revealed the name of the son Sarah would bear — “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him” (17:19).

Now we come to chapter 18 in which we read about an encounter that Abraham had with three heavenly visitors (v. 2). The three visitors asked Abraham, “Where is your wife?” Abraham replied, “There in the tent.” Then the Lord spoke to Abraham, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son” (v.10).

Sarah was in the tent listening to the conversation. When she heard what the Lord said, she laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?” (v. 12). Sarah’s laugh was a laugh of unbelief. It was different from Abraham’s laugh of joyful acceptance and wonder.

God know everything about us. Sarah was in the tent and she laughed to herself. But the Lord knew exactly what she did and what she was thinking. Thus, He 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 next year and Sarah will have a son” (vs. 13,14).

By the grace of God, Sarah learned that God can be trusted. She will soon find out that she is with child, and eventually she bore a son. Sarah will laugh again (21:5-7). Her laughter this second time was one of unbridled joy and delirious wonder at God’s goodness.

There will be times when we will face what seem to be impossible situations. However, let the words of the Lord to Abraham be His words to us — “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Almighty Lord, nothing is impossible for You. You are the all wise and all powerful God who is able to perform miracles. I have seen You do what I thought was impossible. I look in faith to You to give me strength and wisdom to face those things that seem humanly impossible.

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