More on the six-month challenge

November 5, 2009 — Leave a comment

As I considered starting the six-month prayer challenge, what came to my mind was “Is anything too hard for God?” I couldn’t remember where this was in the Bible. It turns out it’s from Genesis 18 when God promises Abraham he will have a son and Sarah laughs to herself.

“Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, “Will I really have a child, now that I am old?”
Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.”
Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes you did.”

What an encounter–Sarah giving a cynical, skeptical laugh at God’s incredible promise, then being afraid when God calls her on it, then lying about it. What a microcosm of disbelief. But God gives her a son which Abraham names Isaac or “he laughs” [which suggests to me that God had the last laugh.]

Since I’ve been known to snicker a few cynical laughs myself, it encouraged me that Sarah’s skepticism, her fear, and her lie did not change what God did. He still fulfilled His promise.

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
John 15:7,8

Amen. So be it.

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