Thursday, November 14
Round Two—Nothing Impossible
Today's reading: Genesis 18:9-15
On Tuesday, in response to our reading of God telling Abraham that he would have a son through Sarah who would be a father of nations, I wrote about how God's thoughts, timing and way of doing things are different than ours. The situation presented to Abraham was a totally unlikely scenario from a human perspective—but with God all things are possible, which Abraham recognizes.
Today in Chapter 18, Sarah hears firsthand that she is going to conceive and have a son with Abraham. Sarah is now the ripe old age of 90, and her response to hearing this news is quite human. As I read these verses, it seems to me like she's a bit sarcastic. I get that, because she's been praying for years to have a child and God hasn't acted on her petitions. And now, when she is physically no longer able to conceive ("The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah," vs. 11), God delivers the message that she is going to get pregnant and have a baby boy. From our human perspective it sounds kind of crazy. But again—nothing is impossible with God!
So one more time: do you have a God-given dream or desire that seems impossible to you? If so, keep praying about it. What have you learned or noticed from Genesis 17 and 18 about seemingly impossible circumstances when God is involved? How have these passages encouraged you and/or changed your perspective about what you can do or accomplish with God? Tami
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