So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?” Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.” But the Lord said, “No, you did laugh.” GENESIS 18:12-15
God had an enormous plan for Sarah to become the mother of many nations. But Sarah had some dashed hopes and dreams and she had become cynical. Her attitude at the promise from God was, ‘Yeah, right. Look what I’ve experienced all my life. You really expect me to believe that?” She couldn’t believe in even one child, much less nations and generations. But the Lord knew all about her life, her doubts, and what she was going to go through. He even knew that she was “silently laughing to herself.” And He knew what He was going to birth in her.
God has a plan and purpose for each of us and He knows us intimately. We need to hold on to the hope of the promises he makes to us and move forward in faith with the assurance that nothing is too hard for Him and He will always fulfill His promises.
Father, thank You for all of the gifts, blessings and promises you have given to me. Please give me clear vision of what you are calling me to do, the faith to stand against doubt and my own limitations, and the strength to persevere for Your glory. Amen.
Cheryl Romanik, North Braddock Campus Celebrate Recovery Group Leader