Open your bibles to Genesis Chapter 21 verses 1-7, or read below:
And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him – whom Sarah bore to him – Isaac. Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.” She also said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.”
Lessons from today’s scripture:
- I remember reading this scripture when I first started digging in a few years ago and it gave me so much hope! God used Abraham – he kept his promise to him that he would be the father of many nations – EVEN THOUGH he and Sarah had messed up more than once by trying to take matters into their own hands (being impatient and having Haggar have a son instead of waiting on God’s promise). That should make you want to jump and shout! No matter how much you’ve veered off the path, or how many times you’ve tried to take matters into your own hands, God will be faithful to His promises if you get it together and surrender your life to Him!
- God placed a dream in my heart at 17 years old that one day I would write a book – and one day I’d speak to women who were broken and hurting. It was 30 years later- at the age of 47 that I released my first book, and this opened the doors to speak and teach women. God is faithful when we trust in HIS TIMING.
- Who would have believed that Abraham would have a son at 100 years old and live to raise him to adulthood? But doing the impossible is everyday business for God! Our big problems won’t seem so impossible if we let God handle them.
- After repeated promises, a visit by two angels, and the appearance of the Lord himself, Sarah finally cried out with surprise and joy at the birth of her son. Because of her doubt, worry, and fear, she had forfeited the peace she could have felt in God’s wonderful promise to her. the way to bring peace to a troubled heart is to focus on God’s promises. Trust him to do what he says he will do.
Happy Monday friends! May God bless you today with a great start to the week ahead! (I have to return to work this week on Wednesday after being off for 6 weeks so I’m going to savor every moment of today and tomorrow!)