by Donna K. Maltese
The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
Genesis 18:13–14 NLT
When Sarah overheard God telling Abraham she would have a son, she laughed in disbelief at the impossibility, the ridiculousness of such a promise. After all, Abraham was nearing one hundred and she, ninety! So she laughed!
But God heard her, so He asked Abraham why she’d laughed, yet God knew she doubted He could do the impossible. So God repeated the promise. Then Sarah denied she’d laughed! But God called her on it, saying, “No, you did laugh” (Genesis 18:15 NLT).
It’s hard to imagine someone that close to the Lord would have the audacity to disbelieve what He says. But the thing is, when you doubt God can do the impossible, you are reacting as Sarah did. Laughing at the prospect, denying His promises.
Make it your aim to take another tack. Do not laugh at God, but believe in and smile with assurance in His promises. When you do, you’ll see them become your reality.
You are the Lord of the impossible. Help me to put my faith in Your promises—for my benefit and Your glory!
Adapted from 180 Devotions to Hush Your Inner Critic by Donna K. Maltese. ©2024. Published by Barbour Publishing. Used by permission.
About the Author:
Donna K. Maltese is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach as well as a pastor’s prayer partner. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.
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