Our devotional series based on the book Climbing with Abraham by David Ramos continues. Two weeks ago, we looked at the ripple effect following God has not just in our life, but in the lives of others. Abraham and Sarah were blessed as they continued to obey God, but so were many around them. Today, though, we continue to look at what God did in the life of Abraham.
Week 15: Read Genesis 18:1-15 (Is Anything Too Difficult?)
"In today's passage, Abraham is met by three travelers. Hospitality towards guests was a very important part of the culture in that time, so Abraham spared no expense. The food he provided showed that he was a very generous and wealthy man. The heart of this story is how Abraham's actions contrast with the next chapter - how are these same guests treated as they enter the gates of Sodom and Gomorrah? You will see the parallels of that shortly.
For now, look at how Abraham was rewarded for the hospitality he provided. After the guests had eaten, they confirm the promise Abraham had just received a little while ago: he will have a son by Sarah. What's surprising is that Sarah laughs, just as Abraham did the first time he heard. That means, for whatever reason, Abraham had not yet shared the news with her. But God, in disguise as one of the visitors, answers Sarah's doubt: 'Is anything too difficult for the Lord?'
That last phrase is the key of both Sarah and Abraham's stories. Time and time again they are faced with difficult circumstances and seemingly impossible situations. Yet every single time, God makes Himself present and asks the same question: Is anything too difficult for me? God asks the same question of us during every trial we face. Financial problems, work issues, family drama, health scares - is anything too difficult for God?
Over and over again, we're faced with situations bigger than us; and the temptation is to complain to God. Why are you letting this happen? Why aren't you doing something? But, God is doing something. God is watching out for you."
What is difficult or stressful for us is not difficult or stressful for God. Are you able to trust that God is with you in all the circumstances of your life, even in your times of struggle and doubt? After Isaac was born, Sarah had a constant visual reminder of God's faithfulness. What in your life can you point to, and hold on to, as a reminder of God's love and faithfulness?
Takeaway from today's lesson: Nothing is too difficult for God.
Prayer: God, help me to remember that you have my best in mind and that no matter what I am facing, you are infinitely bigger than my struggles. Help me to keep my focus on you and your promises, rather than on myself. Amen.