Abraham had heard it before. God had promised that his wife Sarah would conceive and bare him a son. In fact, in Genesis 17, God had made a convenant with Abraham and at God's command, all males in Abraham's household were circumcised. We will fast forward things just a bit and move into chapter 18.
This time, around noon, Abraham is sitting near the entrance to his tent. Suddenly he notices three men standing nearby. He offers them hospitality by inviting them to rest, ordering servants to get water to wash their feet and orders food to be prepared as well.
While they ate, one of the men said "about this time next year I will return and your wife Sarah will have a son." (Genesis 18:10). Sarah, who was listening from a nearby tent laughed silently to herself. She knew all about God's promise but this was absolutely ridiculous. She was ninety years old and Abraham was 100. Not only had she never conceivedany children despite years of trying, she had gone through menopause. It was over. It was too late and that was that.
She had hoped, she had dreamed, she had clung to God's promise but in the end, she had given up. Perhaps at one time it was possible but now it was impossible.
Have you ever noticed that when God does the "possible", we are quick to either take the credit for it ourselves or give the credit to someone else. When God does the "impossible" well, as Raynard Shellow (@iraqivetsgtret) would say, 'nuff said!
Though outwardly Sarah was silent, God still heard her laugh. He was fully aware of her disbelief. Here is God's response to Sarah... and to us in regards to the impossible.
Then theLordsaid to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, 'Can an old woman like me have a baby?'Is anything too hard for theLord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.
Genesis 18:13-14 (NLT)
The situation in your life at the moment seems completely impossible. You have prayed, you have wept, you have poured through your Bible marking God's promises and God has spoken to you time and time again. Your prayer will be answered BUT... it seems as though the moment has passed. Perhaps it was possible at one time. Perhaps if this had happened or that had happened it would still be possible but it hadn't. Perhaps if you got that job, perhaps if you were married, perhaps if you weren't married, perhaps if you had gone on with your education or hadn't, perhaps if you earned more money, perhaps if you had quit your job and done something else... perhaps it would still be possible but now, it is too late. Or is it?
We simply must learn to accept that nothing and I mean NOTHING is too hard for God. One of the things God has promised us is that He will take care of us. Though we may be in an impossible situation, we must always remember that.
Eugene L. Clark was blind and bedridden when hewrote these lyrics to his best-known song, "Nothing Is Impossible".
I read in the Bible the promise of God,
That nothing for Him is too hard;
Impossible things He has promised to do,
If we faithfully trust in His Word.
Nothing is impossible
when you put your trust in God;
Nothing is impossible
when you're trusting in His Word.
Hearken to the voice of God to thee:
"Is there anything too hard for Me?"
Then put your trust in God alone
and rest upon His Word--
For ev'rything, O ev'rything,
Yes, ev'rything is possible with God!
The word of the Lord is an anchor secure,
When winds of uncertainty blow:
Though man in his weakness may falter and fail,
His Word will not fail us we know.
All things are possible, this is His Word,
Receive it 'tis written for you,
Believe in His promises, God cannot fail,
For what He has said He will do.
Our faith cannot be based on our present circumstances. It must be based on Christ and Christ alone. We must remember that nothing is too hard for the Lord. Nothing.