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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 6/Heroes: Sarah

Studies have shown that laughter is strong medicine. It triggers healthy physical and emotional changes in our bodies. It strengthens our immune system, boosts our moods, diminishes pain and can protect us from the damaging effects of stress. Humor lightens our burdens and can help release anger. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good old fashioned belly laugh? One of my greatest joys is hearing the laughter of my grandchildren when they are playing.

There is another kind of laughter, though…one that is almost mocking in its nature. One that says “Yea, right…like that is going to happen!” This is the kind of laughter that I imagine came from within Sarah at the pronouncement that she was going to become pregnant and deliver a son. She was long past her childbearing years and here are three visitors telling her that she will finally have the child she had so longed for. After suffering a miscarriage and living through months of waiting for a child, I almost had the same reaction when finding out I was pregnant. My thoughts were “can this really be?”

God responded to Sarah’s laughter with these words “Why did Sarah laugh? … Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Have you ever laughed at the Lord and questioned His answer to your prayers? Each of us face difficulties in life and if we listen hard enough, we may hear God asking “Do you think your problem is too hard for me to fix? Do you believe I can work this out for you even when all seems lost or impossible?”

Jesus tells us, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27) In our marriage, we have faced challenges… financial difficulties, potential homelessness, unemployment and I have to admit that I have not always had faith that God would provide. But in the end, He has been faithful to us. He answered our prayers for a child, He has provided me with a wonderful job, He has given us a place to live… the impossible became possible in Him.

Do you believe that there is nothing in your life that is beyond God’s ability to fix? I can say with all assurance that I do!

Scripture

Genesis 18: 1-15

Prayer

It is easy to tell others to believe in the impossible but we often find it hard to believe that it is true in our own lives. All things are possible with you, Lord… help our unbelief. Amen