Is anything too hard for the Lord? Genesis 18:14NIV
“Are you pregnant yet?” this question might have pierced Sarah’s heart each month. The shame of barrenness was unbearable. God had promised her husband Abraham that he would be the father of nations with descendants more numerous than the stars in the sky. After waiting for many years, Sarah convinced Abraham to sleep with her maidservant Hagar to produce an heir. That was an acceptable practice in ancient time. The child born of that encounter was named Ishmael.
But God had not forgotten His promise. Three heavenly beings, as travelers, appeared to Abraham. God repeated His promise to him that his wife would bear a son. She laughed, but her doubt turned to fear when the stranger confronted her by asking “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
We read in Genesis 21:2-6 that God was gracious to her and He did as He had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age at the very time God had promised him. They named him Isaac. Sarah delighted in God and praised Him.
“Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” Genesis 21:6-7 NIV
In the midst of the waiting
Are you going through a situation where you are waiting so long for God to answer your prayer, to fulfill your dream or to bring an end to your crisis?
It might feel like God has forgotten what He has promised you. You are tired of people’s negative comments on your life. When it’s taking longer, you might think it will not come to pass. It’s easy to become frustrated and go with our own plans when God’s plan doesn’t seem to be working in our timing. Waiting can be a difficult thing for us as we live in an “instant” world. It’s also true that we become dissatisfied when God’s solution doesn’t match our expectations. But even our doubts don’t prevent God from fulfilling His promises and accomplishing what He plans.
When we feel doubtful and afraid, we should remind ourselves what God says in Gen.18:14 “Is anything too hard for the Lord?
I trust in you despite my circumstances. I stand still on your promises for my life. You are a loving and merciful God. There is nothing impossible to you, and those who hope in you will never be put to shame. Help me to see my life as you see it. Help me to be persistent in my prayers and faith. Guide my each step as I continue to wait for your perfect time. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Elizabeth writes to encourage others through God's Word and her life experiences. She writes to point people to the hope and love of Jesus in the midst of their trials. She believes God has unique plans for each one of our lives and when we embrace His promises and His plans, we can live a life which brings Glory to His name. She is a wife, mother and a budding writer who wants to reflect God's love, truth, and grace through her words. She lives in Trivandrum, Kerala, India with her husband Nevin, and children Asher and Athalie.