The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” Genesis 18:10-12
Sarah’s cycle of womanhood was long over. Logic. Science. These proved that it was humanly impossible to bear a child in old age. Sarah laughed at the thought of something so out of reach. She knew the physical impossibility.
Miracles aren’t miracles without the ‘impossibility’ factor. Is this not why faith is so difficult? We are surrounded by circumstantial physical evidence that disproves feasibility. If I have a history of not having seen God’s power move on my behalf, then I will always lean toward logic and move away from what seems ludicrous to hope for.
What might I ask God for today if all reserve was moved out of the way? Where does it seem risky to trust God? Where would others laugh in my face and state the evidence against faith-filled prayer? That points precisely, perhaps, to what God would, and can, do.
“But you can’t ask God for that!” Satan whispers. His taunts, like arrows, come at me in thoughts but also through the mouths of friends and family. He is not above using faithless believers to parrot faithless words. So few walk by faith and I should remember that the next time a brother or sister in Christ comes with their ‘prudent’ warnings.
God has placed me in hundreds of impossible situations throughout my life. There were times I had to pray for a miracle or there would be some horrible consequence. So for survival’s sake, I hung onto faith, stood in the Word, and prayed for a miracle. I have seen so many that faith is becoming my default response rather than unbelief that points to hard physical data.
God defies the odds. He cares nothing about physics, past evidence, and present obstacles. He who spoke to the earth, a planet that was once dark and lifeless, to transform it into a stunning environment full of limitless possibilities, is the same God who can do anything miraculous in my world.
Lord, show me where I can exercise faith today. For what can I trust You that would defy all odds? I’ll go there. Amen