At the end of Part 1 of this lesson, we ended with the questions:
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
And while we immediately think , “Well, no. Nothing is too hard for God,” our actions tend to show otherwise.
At this point, we should look at that verse once more.
Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Genesis 18:14
Much of our “lack of faith” is truthfully just impatience. We hate waiting. I hate waiting. We live in a world of instant everything. Pudding, mashed potatoes, milk. We drive through for all kinds of items available at our every whim. Milkshakes, burgers, coffee, breakfast. Yet the worst part about a drive-thru window? The wait. And THAT was difficult for Abraham and Sarah. They had been waiting for years! But the key words after the question in the above verse:
At the appointed time.
When Isaac arrived, he brought immeasurable joy! Because of the wait, Sarah and Abraham received their covenant son with more than average happiness. The meaning of Isaac’s very name is “he is laughter.” Sarah’s desire was that her child would be a living example of God’s grace, mercy and JOY. Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter.”
So how do we step outside our comfort zones and take the leap of faith, as Sarah did? Maybe you are thinking…
“Wait a minute. Sarah laughed at God’s announcement. She didn’t have faith. She thought it hysterical.”
But Sarah’s sarcastic laughter was transformed into joyous laughter. Amazement at God’s miracle performed in her life.
I truly believe the New Testament reveals just how much of a miracle God did in Sarah’s life. Read these verses; they make me want to shout!
Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. Hebrews 11:11&12
Say what? Sarah is in the Great Hall of Faith? Yep. The Great Hall of Faith lists Sarah individually and personally. Her sarcastic laughter forgiven and her faith in the God of the impossible is publicized. Personally, I think God is the One who might have had a good laugh. “Look at the ol’ girl! Not only did I transform her body to give it the capability to give life; I transformed her heart into trusting me completely.”
Because she judged him faithful who had promised.
What a legacy of faith we have in Sarah….and Noah…and Gideon…and Moses…and David. Those who stepped “outside the zone” and took God at His Word.
I praise You for Your Word that is everlasting. Thank you for the opportunity to hold it in my hand freely, study it and let it be my guide. I pray you will use this study in the lives’ of those who read these printed words…that they would see You as the Faithful One.
In Your Name,