The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 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.” Genesis 18:13-14 ESV
Genesis is the beginning of a lot of promises in the Bible. One of the first and biggest is God’s promise to Abraham that all the nations of the world would be blessed through his offspring. Even though Abraham and Sarah showed incredible amounts of faith in God and obeyed His commands, they still struggled with doubt despite His promises. In their doubt, however, God reminds them of His power. Even if things seem impossible, God’s answer to Sarah’s doubt holds true for me as well. If God has a plan, it will work out, no matter the opposition or how far-fetched it seems.
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. Acts 17:24-25 ESV
Paul’s address towards the men of Athens emphasizes God’s power. God is completely non-dependent on mankind and would continue to be the Eternal God even if man did not exist. Since God gives life everything it needs, He also has complete control over it and directs it how He pleases. God’s control is reflected in both His statements to Abraham and in Paul’s statements about Him. Oftentimes when I feel doubt, I am simply looking at the sizes of the obstacles rather than the power of God. Though it can be hard to reminder, God is clear that He is with me through trials and struggles and that He has a plan and a purpose for my life.
Dear God, Thank You for providing for me throughout my life. Please give me greater faith and help me to trust in You throughout the hard times and trials of my life. Thank You for sending Your Son to take away the weight of my sin and allow me to be considered righteous. In Your Holy Name, Amen.