Today, I've been reading from Genesis 18:1-15. In this passage of scripture the Lord visits Abraham and Sarah. Abraham runs (in his old age) to the Lord and falls at His feet. He then prepares a meal for the Lord and the two with Him. The Lord then says how He will return in about a year and Sarah will have given birth to a son. Sarah laughs at this remark since "the way of women had ceased to be with her". In v14 the Lord says, "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." In case you don't know, their son Isaac came right on time. God was responding to Sarah's lack of faith. He asks a question with an obvious answer...NOTHING is too hard for the Lord, no matter how impossible it may seem to us. God then reaffirms what He will do. There is nothing the Lord cannot do! If He says He will do something then He will. The Word of the Lord is trustworthy. As I study the Bible now I'm seeking to do 4 things: highlight a verse or two of the passage that speaks to me, explain what it says, apply what is says and respond to it (to learn this simple method, check out this BOOK). So in responding to this verse I decided to look at the promises of God to His children and set my mind on these things. As I began to scan the New Testament for such promises the Lord brought me to Philippians 1:29, "For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake." Then quickly 2 Timothy 3:12 came to mind, "Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." Then I began to think of Jesus' words that we will be persecuted. I'll have to admit that the promise of persecution isn't exactly what I wanted to set my mind on today, nevertheless I can rejoice in it. Our suffering won't be in vain, it will be for the sake of the Gospel. A challenging question is to ask yourself, "Am I suffering for the sake of the Gospel?" If not, do you desire to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus? The second is not void of the first.
Until the Whole World Knows,