“And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women (past childbearing). Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed (grown) old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore (Why) did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.” Genesis 18:9-15
The senior pastor of our church took me out for lunch and wanted to talk with me about serving in a ministry. He asked me several questions about what I wanted to do and what I felt God called me to do. He took me to one of my favorite chicken places, so there was not much that I would have said no to. The taste of chicken and french fries were fresh on my taste buds and my food endorphins were in high gear. My pastor then began to speak about a ministry that had been on his heart for some time. He wanted to start an addiction’s ministry at the church that would meet every Friday night and he wanted me to lead it.
I am not sure if it was the chicken talking, but I thought this would be a great ministry to be part of. I don’t believe that I fully heard the expectation “meeting every Friday”, and I am not sure if I had a clue of what my role would be in the ministry. We talked some more and our pastor stated he would do the program lessons in the summer to introduce it to the church. The closer we got to the starting date, the more inadequate I started to feel. We held an interest meeting for potential leaders and we had some good prospects, but I grew nervous of how I would lead these in the ministry.
The time finally came for us to start and all the excuses I had for waiting a bit more had been disproven by my wife, Rebekah. I tried to say we didn’t have a song leader as I felt I was inadequate but God even provided a song leader. We had child care workers, group leaders, and we were all set to go. I look back on the past five years of the ministry and all the things God has done. I think of those who have been saved, those who have found victory through Jesus Christ, and countless others who have continued in the sanctification process. God has used me and others in this ministry, and I reflect on how God has done the impossible. My feelings of being overwhelmed and inadequate have turned into trusting in His power and strength. Philippians 4:13 reminds us, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” God has shown me that I am not able to do anything on my own, but I can do all the things He has called me to through His strength.
Children are an heritage of the LORD, and I am grateful for the children God has given Rebekah and me. I know there are some who have not been able to have children as was the case for Abraham and Sarah. Abraham was promised that his offspring would be so great it could not be numbered, but Sarah’s time to bear children had passed and things seemed hopeless. During times when it seems things will never work out, God is still faithful to fulfill His promises. We may even laugh as Sarah did when told of what God will do, as we are quick to forget that we serve a mighty God who is not bound by anything and a God who is able to do the impossible. Our God is faithful and does not forgot those who are His.
Where are you today friend? Has God called you to do something that you are scared to do? Do you put limits on God or have you realized that nothing is too hard for the LORD? When Abraham and Sarah thought it was impossible for them to bear children, they realized God is not bound by physiological laws, but by His promise. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (a future and a hope).” God has a plan for each one of our lives and we need to trust in Him, even when things seem hopeless. God’s callings are His enablings, and if Sarah and Abraham could have a child well into their golden years, what is He able to do in your life? May we trust God in all things, and when we are tempted to doubt, recite, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?”
Stay in the fight!