READ GENESIS EIGHTEEN VERSES ONE THROUGH FIFTEEN
When the Lord tells Abraham that Sarah will bear a child, Sarah overhears and laughs. She laughs because nothing about her life or body tells her that this promise is possible. Grief has settled into her bones, and she does not have the capacity to hope for a child any longer.
In His sovereignty, the Lord knows that Sarah laughs. And He responds with a resounding promise:
Is anything too hard for the Lord ? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.
The question gets to the heart of Sarah’s disbelief: Is anything too hard for the Lord? Sarah has been barren for years, but that does not mean this promise is beyond the power of God. In fact, God reaffirms His abilities by putting a timeline on His promise.
When will Sarah have a child?
It is as if the Lord insists on displaying His power – despite the statistics, facts, and years of proof. Not only will a barren woman have a child, but she will be pregnant within the year.
What do you think the Lord wanted to communicate to Sarah by giving her a timeline?
This truly begs the question for you and me: Is anything too hard for the Lord? Consider the areas of grief you reflected on yesterday. Ask yourself the same question: Is anything too hard for the Lord? Dear child of God, let me tell you emphatically. Nothing is too hard for our God. Our God is powerful, merciful, righteous, and good. He is kind and loving – and NO, nothing is too hard for Him.
Consider this: God chose an elderly, barren, laughing woman to bear the first child in the family tree of Jesus Christ. He chose Sarah to mother a lineage of children who would lead to God’s Son, the Messiah.
Why do you think Sarah was included in the family tree of Christ? Make a few notes by Sarah’s name on the family tree of Christ on your printable.
What does this tell you about God’s character?
PRAY AND REFLECT
Thank God for His power. Thank Him that nothing is too hard for Him. Confess to Him areas where you may doubt that this is true, and ask Him to help your unbelief.