January 8, 2011
“ 1Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.” (Genesis 21:1-2) NIV
Many of us are waiting for a word spoken in our lives some years ago to step into the dimension of our reality. We find ourselves confused and discouraged at times as the promise is nowhere to be found. Abraham and Sarah were made an unbelievable promise by the All Mighty; a promise so absurd and ridiculous that both, Sarah and Abraham laughed about it. God tells Abraham to look at the sky and count the stars as that is how large the nation that will be birthed out of his wife will be. We must take into consideration that by the time Abraham and Sarah came into the picture, God had already limited the life expectancy to one hundred and twenty years. They were very old! To add to the drama, Sarah was not able to have children even in the times of her youth, so for her to believe that she could have children at such an age was hard to believe. The desire to have a baby was always there; but all the logical reasons were not. Our desire to do what God has called us to do may be there, but we have a million reasons to disqualify ourselves and doubt God’s Word.
The waiting was killing Sarah! She could not wait anymore! The result of her anxiety produced an Ishmael. Have you ever been there? A place where you try to help God with what He promised you? However, even after such a mess-up; a mess-up so bad that even today we still suffer the ramifications of it; God’s promise was not compromised. Today the word for you and for me is to trust God in spite of what our eyes can and cannot see. Why should we have such an assurance? Simple…because whatever God has promised us will come to pass!