Gods Story For Your Life


Gods Story For Your Life

Genesis 18:1-15

After God reaffirms the covenant to Abraham, heavenly
visitors repeat his
promise that Sarah will bear a son, but Sarah cannot
believe it.

Punch Line
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Read
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He looked up and
noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran
to meet them and
welcomed them, bowing low to the ground. . . .

Then one of them said, “I
will return to you about this time next year, and
your wife, Sarah, will have
a son!”

Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. Abraham
and Sarah were
both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of
having
children. So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a
worn-out
woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my
husband—is
also so old?”

Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah
laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an
old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything
too hard for the LORD? I will
return about this time next year, and Sarah
will have a son.”

Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t
laugh.”

But the LORD said, “No, you did laugh.” / (Genesis 18:2,
10-15)

Reflect
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Abraham eagerly welcomed these visitors, as
did Lot (Genesis 19:2). In
Abraham’s day, a person’s reputation largely
depended on his or her
hospitality—the sharing of home and goods. Even
strangers were to be treated
as highly honored guests. Meeting another’s need
for food or shelter was and
still is one of the most immediate and practical
ways to obey God. It is also
a time-honored relationship
builder.

These visitors brought specific news about Sarah and a baby boy.
Because Sarah
was over ninety, she thought the prediction was laughable. But
when confronted
about her response, she responded, “I didn’t
laugh.”

Sarah lied because she was afraid of being discovered. Fear is a
common motive
for lying. We are afraid that our inner thoughts and emotions
will be exposed
or our wrongdoings discovered. In response to Sarah’s
unbelief (and laughter),
God says, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” The
obvious answer is, “Of
course not!”

Respond
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Nothing is
too difficult for God. Make it a habit to insert your specific
needs into
God’s question. “Is this day in my life too hard for the Lord?” “Is
this
habit I’m trying to break too hard for him?” “Is the communication
problem
I’m having too hard for him?” Asking the question this way can remind
you that God is personally involved in your life and nudges you to ask for his
power to help you.

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