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“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.”
Genesis 18:14 (ESV)
Many of us know the story that this verse references. Abraham and Sarai were childless and old (long past child-bearing years) and the Lord speaks to Abraham that he and Sarai (whose name gets changed to Sarah) will indeed have a child.
That child, Isaac, will be the one whom God chooses to enter into covenant to raise up a great nation whose descendants will be so great so as not to be able to be numbered.
This was quite a promise to this couple that had been faithful to God and yet barren of children all these years. Sarah most definitely had a challenge with unbelief and laughed at the news.
It can be easy to be challenged by unbelief and easy to believe time has passed us by when we are old and our dreams have not come to pass.
Though we may know the story, Sarah isn’t the only one who was challenged with unbelief because everything about her physical being said it was not possible.
It can be disheartening to watch dreams and goals lay unfulfilled, as we get older. We are tempted to give up and accept they will not happen and perhaps God deemed them unimportant.
Did we skip the words after the opening question?
“At the appointed time…”
God had not forgotten the hopes and dreams of Abraham and Sarah, but their fulfillment would need to be delayed until it brought greater glory to God and helped build up his Kingdom.
We need to consider if we have faltered with unbelief for similar reasons. How do I know?
As a young girl I dreamed of being a writer and writing a book one day, but it didn’t happen until I was nearing 75 years old.
Nothing is too hard for God, but his timing is perfect.
Dear Lord, I believe you CAN do all things in YOUR time. Help me to trust your timing in every aspect of my life.
You see the BIG picture and bring things into being right on time.
Thank you, Lord.