Good Morning Girls!
Can you imagine if God came to your front door? What would you do?
Today we are reading in Genesis 18 and that is exactly what happened to Abraham and Sarah.
The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. 3 He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. 4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5 Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”“Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”
6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.”
First, we see that three men arrived and one of them is the Lord Jesus. Bah! Exciting!!! Abraham runs into the tent to Sarah and demands that she quickly make some bread.
Look at Sarah – such a willing wife. She does exactly as her husband requests, while he runs off to get some meat prepared as well.
7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8 He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.
9 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him. “There, in the tent,” he said. 10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.
So after Sarah helps prepare and serve the meal, she listens in. If God were in my dining room eating with my husband, I would listen in too!
So, the guys are eating and then she over hears her name and the words “next year, Sarah your wife will have a son” and…
11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
Sarah was caught doubting God and when He asked why she laughed…she lied!
Scripture tells us that everywhere Sarah went she was instantly favored because of her good looks. Two Kings pursued her hand in marriage immediately after seeing her. She must have been stunningly attractive.
Sarah had beauty, the attention of others and Abraham’s wealth but what she really wanted was a child.
The first thing we learn in scripture about Sarah is that she was barren (Gen.11) and in her desperation she persuaded Abraham to have a baby with her maidservant Hagar. Scripture literally says – Sarah “gave” Hagar to Abraham (Gen.16:3) – UGH!
But as soon as Hagar was pregnant, Sarah despised her and mistreated her and sent her away (Gen.16).
You see, Sarah carried this burden of a promise that a nation would come through Abraham but Sarah could not see with her own eyes, how God would provide these descendants – so she took matters into her own hands.
Her lack of faith – made a mess.
Which is why it’s so amazing to find these words said about Sarah in Hebrews 11:11 :
11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.”
We see in the book of Hebrews, Sarah is commended for her faith…but what about that laughter we read about in Genesis?
Did Sarah have a change of heart? Indeed she did!
Praise the Lord, after being caught in her doubt, lie, and mess, the words of the Lord rang true in her life.
“Is anything to hard for the Lord?”
Oh how I love the grace of God that overlooks her mistakes. He is a God of second chances. A God who is patient with our failings, ever strengthening us and making us more like Him.
Nothing is too hard for the Lord. And Genesis 21:1,2 tells us that the Lord was gracious to Sarah and did for Sarah what He promised. She became pregnant and bore a son named Issac.
God stepped into Sarah’s situation. He waited. He waited until Sarah was past the childbearing years – past the age when it would be humanly possible for her to have a child – and then he stepped in and got all the glory!
Is there something in your life that is hard? You can’t imagine how God can change it?
Life is hard. Finances, relationships, health issues and loss are hard.
But God…nothing is too hard for Him!
Let’s learn from Sarah’s faith and remember, God always keeps his promises. Let’s wait on God to work out his plans in our lives. Let’s not take matters into our own hands. Though with our human eyes, some things may seem impossible, let us remember, NOTHING is too hard for the Lord.
Walk with the King,
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