Let's be intentionally this year about focusing on God’s Word and the truths that are found there. Let's let His Word inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have. Having a word of the year might just help you with that goal. When you find your word of the year, let us know in the comments below!
Is Anything Too Hard For the Lord?
"And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
Today, we're looking at Abraham and the power of God on his life, and we're asking the question, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?"
Our text is from Genesis 18:1-14 “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” (vs 14).
When Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah was 90 God made a covenant (a promise) to Abraham to make of his seed a great nation (Genesis 17). Ishmael had been born to Abraham through Hagar, Sarah’s handmaid, but he was not the son of promise (Genesis 17:19-21). Ishmael was approximately 14 when Isaac was born, Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90.
God chose Abraham to be the father of His chosen people. In order for this to happen Abraham must have a son. God had not given children to Abraham and Sarah and now he was 99 and she was 90. It was at this most improbable time that God came to Abraham and established with him a covenant and promised to give him a son. As Abraham and Sarah thought about this promise, in their finite, human minds it seemed to them foolish. Sarah laughed at the thought. God however asked Abraham a piercing question; “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
Have You Wondered or Doubted?
Have you ever wondered if God was going to be able to answer your prayers? Have you ever doubted whether or not God could actually do a work in your life or on your behalf? God’s question to Abraham echoes down through the corridors of time and brings us to the realization that indeed, “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). To be in a place of dependence upon God is not to be dreaded but to be welcomed. Ask God to do a work so marvelous and miraculous in your life that all who see it, as they saw Isaac born to Abraham and Sarah, must attribute the work to an all-powerful God.
What are you facing today that in your finite, human mind seems foolishly impossible? "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" And let us know what your Word of the Year is as well.
Come and Gather: Family Time With God published with permission
Pastor Jeremy Sweatt, Farmington Avenue Baptist Church, West Hartford, Connecticut
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