Bible Study Lessons form Genesis 18:1-15
Going forward in the Book of Genesis, Sarah and Abraham were very old when they were visited by the 3 men so it was almost impossible to believe that they could have a son at this twilight time of their lives.
It would take a miracle which is why Sarah laughed at the thought.
But, is anything too difficult for God? Let’s find out.
God Promises a Son to Abraham and Sarah
And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.)
Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing.
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”
And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.
And He said, “No, but you did laugh!” – Genesis 18:1-15 NASB
Too Big for God?
The question is asked in verse 14; “Is anything too hard for the LORD?”
The answer is simple. Absolutely nothing is too difficult for God. He created all things and knows our every problem and thought.
One of the most difficult tasks in our walk with God is to hand things over to Him. As humans, we look at our problems and challenges from our own perspective and ability.
Just because we don’t have the answer, we assume God doesn’t either.
3 Questions to Ask
The next time we have a problem too big for us to handle let’s try to insert our situation in the statement; “Is this too hard for God?”
- Is my situation at work too hard for God?
- Are my relationship struggles with my spouse or children too hard for God?
- Is breaking this bad habit too large for God to handle?
In His Way
God knows our every need and can handle any situation we can fathom.
He will not always handle it in exactly the way we would like but He solves the problems in ways that are in our best interest and in His will for our lives.
You see, God is looking at our lives and struggles from the top of the mountain – we see it from the valley.
Once we give it to God, He can do great things through and with us.
God can handle it if we just ask. He knows what we need and sometimes has to get our attention to bring us back to Him.
The Farmer and the Mule
This reminds me of the tale about the farmer who was always telling the townspeople how good he was to his mule.
But one day a man was traveling past the farmer’s field and saw the old farmer hitting his mule on the head with a big board.
When the man stopped and reminded the farmer of how he was always bragging about being good to his mule, the farmer just answered in a calm voice;
“I am always good to my mule but it is sometimes necessary for me to get the mule’s attention.”
Sometimes it is necessary for God to get our attention as well so He allows a wrinkle in our lives now and then.
Remember this the next time a problem arises and ask yourself; “Is this too hard for God?”
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read the John 3:16 verse for more information.
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