I have a friend who has recently walked the difficult pathway of personal bankruptcy. His once comfortable lifestyle has evaporated following one poor business decision. He has lost his home and been unable to fulfill his obligations to a string of creditors, who have suffered because he cannot pay them. He no longer has the resources to meet the demands and is powerless as a result. It happens.
As we’ll see, God makes some very weighty promises in His Word. But we are assured that, not only is His character good, but His resources are plentiful too. We’ll consider the delightful story of the elderly Abraham and Sarah in more detail. For now, we just need to see that they decided the Lord was able to deliver on His word and give them the impossible gift of a child, even though it was an unusual and almost ridiculous promise, prompting Sarah to giggle.
I love the way the apostle Paul described the situation of the wizened couple: Abraham “faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead” (Rom. 4:19). That’s hardly a gentle diagnosis. But the two of them were trusting in the One who spoke the universe into being.
Even as I write this, I am so aware that life frequently challenges the truth of an all-powerful God: prayers seem to be ignored and sicknesses go unhealed. But when God makes a specific promise, He is never under threat of sudden need or bankruptcy. He has more than enough to deliver.
Pray: Mighty God, enlarge my vision and understanding of Your greatness and power. Amen.