Then the LORD said [to Abraham], “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. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.”
Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
God makes outrageous statements. Through history He has consistently called His people to a vision that seems completely impossible.
And our response is often to scoff…
- “I could never preach.”
- “I could never lead those people.”
- “I could never get out of debt.”
- “I could never reconcile with my wife.”
- “I could never expect my kids to commit to church.”
For many of us, loving God has never been the problem. He’s blessed us beyond our wildest dreams. He’s rescued us from the punishment of hell. So, sure, we love God. We believe in Him. We worship Him. We just don’t trust Him.
Trust means risking our reputation, our future and our comfort. Trust means staking what I have on the hope of what I will have. Trust means subjugating today to the vision of tomorrow. Trust is a game-changer.
Don’t laugh at God’s outrageous statements in your life. Trust that nothing is impossible for Him.