Read: Genesis 18:10-15; 21:1-7
There have been times we may have laughed at God’s plans in disbelief thinking how could He possibly use someone like me in these circumstances. I’m here to tell you that God’s promises stand always. In Genesis 15:1-6, God made a covenant with Abraham that his offspring would be the number of stars. Sarah had already given up on the thought of having children in her old age and gave her servant Hagar to her husband (Genesis 16). Thus, Ishmael was born. When Sarah overheard the conversation the Lord has with Abraham when He promised his son Isaac, she laughed (Genesis 18:10-15). Not only did she laugh, she was caught laughing then lied when God questioned her about it.
The LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 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.” But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.” Genesis 18:10-15
After all the disbelief, God still fulfilled His promise (Genesis 21:1-7). God’s promises are always true and never change. You may think to yourself, “How can God use me after my lack of faith?”. I have been there before. I have questioned God’s plans for me and He had proven me wrong time and time again. Yet, He continues to keep His covenant with me. We have all been like Sarah and God is asking, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?”. Is it too hard for God to take a prostitute to hide the spies and make way for victory for the Israelites? Is it too hard for God to take a drunkard, a foul mouth, a adulterer, or a liar and make them fit beautifully in line with their purpose? Nothing is too hard for God, no matter who you are.
There have been times in my disbelief that I have went out and made my own way regardless of what God says. We see this with Sarah and Hagar. Sarah believed that God had prevented her from bearing children. Instead of waiting on the promise, Sarah took matters into her own hand. Just because it doesn’t happen in our timing doesn’t mean that God has deemed us unfit. He is preparing us for the promise and working on our disbelief. It is a dangerous road of losing hope when it seems like God is holding back what we desire the most. Just hold on to the unchanging promise of God and remember 2 Peter 3:8-9:
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance
Don’t think for one second that God does not count you worthy of His promises. If He said it, He will do it. Don’t lose heart. You are not too “bad” for God’s unmerited favor.
1. What are you waiting on God to do for you?
2. Name some things you can do or learn while you are waiting on the fulfillment of His promise.
3. Have you ever thought you were unworthy of God’s promises? Why?
4. What do you believe disqualifies you from God’s promise? Sarah thought it was old age. For each thing that disqualifies you, write something positive that “qualifies” you.
Pray this Prayer:
God, your promises are yes and amen. I stand firm on the knowledge that you will fulfill the plan you have for me. Help me in my unbelief and when I lose hope, remind me that you will never leave me or forsake me. I want to walk in you will Lord. Keep me on the straight path towards you. Thank you for counting me worthy.