Tuesday, January 7

Don’t leave God out of the equation!

Scripture: Genesis 18-19, Psalm 3, Luke 7

Genesis 18:13–14  Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

Observation

Sarah—understandably—laughed when she heard that she was to get pregnant and have a son at the tender age of 90.  Impossible!  Laughable, really.  

But God asks, “Why did Sarah laugh?”  Well, it seems obvious, doesn’t it?  No one gives birth at 90.  Then God asks a follow up question: “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”  That’s also obvious—nothing is too hard for the Lord.  

Sarah laughed because she left God out of the equation.

Application

I immediately thought of the many times when I’ve laughed and thought “That’s impossible” because I’d left God out of the equation.  I have hopes and dreams and prayers, some of which seem impossible or at least improbable.  It would be easy to laugh them off.  But is anything too hard for the Lord?  Nope.

(One caveat: God was making a promise to Abraham and Sarah—He was declaring what was going to happen.  This wasn’t initiated by Abe and Sarah, but by God Himself—it was His idea, not theirs.  When God says something will happen, it will happen.  When it’s my idea or initiative, not His, that’s not guaranteed!)

Don’t leave God out of the equation!  Nothing is too hard for Him!

 

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the faith-building reminder that nothing is too hard for you!