1/20 Genesis 18:14

14 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."

The LORD and two angels were on their way to judge Sodom and Gomorrah when they passed by Abraham's tent. Abraham begged them to stop, rest, and partake of a meal. After they ate, the LORD told Abraham that Sarah would have a son. She was listening to the conversation from inside the tent. She was well past her child bearing years and Abraham was almost 100 years old. She laughed at the thought of it.

This was when the LORD spoke our passage for today. He asked Sarah why she laughed. She tried to deny it, but the LORD is the God that sees all. Nothing is impossible for Him. Because our mind puts limitations on what God can do, as if the Creator can only do the things we are used to in daily life, our requests in prayer are often quite small. When the Scriptures tell us things that seem impossible, we doubt. God made everything from nothing and yet we reason that the ordinary is all that He is capable of doing. Is anything too hard for the LORD?

The LORD was bringing into the world through Abraham and Sarah a descendant, the promised Messiah, to bring a solution to sin. While on the LORD'S way to deal with the sins of Sodom, He was also dealing with the sin of the world. A few verses later He gives a hint of the greater miracle when He says He will bless all the nations of the earth through Abraham. (Genesis 18:18) Sarah was laughing at the impossibility of bearing a child at her age, while the LORD was doing a much greater miracle than she could ever have imagined.

Contemplation: The LORD'S thoughts are so much higher than we can imagine. His power is limitless. We see but a tiny speck of His work and doubt that He can fulfill His promises, while He is doing so much more. Let us have faith as His Spirit leads us to ask for greater things than we think are even possible.