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trusting or laughing?

Genesis 17:15-17  And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.  16  And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.  17  Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? Genesis 18:10-14  And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.  11  Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.  12  Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?  13  And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?  14  Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

There are times that God’s plans may seem amusing to us. That is, we think they are so far out in the realm of difficulty we simply dismiss them as being valid. When we do this we are literally saying, ‘this is too hard even for God.’  In these scriptures God tells Abraham and his wife Sarah that they will conceive a child in their old age, and by old age I mean Abraham is one hundred years old and Sarah is ninety. This is one of those times where God breaks the laws of nature. After all he made the laws that govern our body, and sometimes to show his power and control over a situation he works outside of what we know as fact and operates in the realm of faith. If God always worked in what we call normal ways, it would be easy for us to dismiss his handiwork as nothing more than coincidence; but when God changes the “rules” and steps outside the “normal” code of operation as we know it, and a hard thing is accomplished; only God can get credit, and our faith is increased.

Abraham and Sarah’s laughter was not intended to be disrespectful; they were human and therefore conditioned to only believe the facts of what they knew and were comfortable with. Often times God shows his ability in ways we cannot explain. Remember, if we could explain it or figure it out, it wouldn’t be that spectacular would it? I encourage you today to trust God. Even when it seems out of the ball park crazy or it makes no earthly sense at all, rest assured God knows what he is doing and it makes perfect sense to him. Trust and obey instead of laughing. Tell yourself that the God who made you is in complete control even though you cannot explain it or see the end results; God is good all the time and always has our best interest in heart. Nothing is too hard for God!

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