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 ESV
Sarah’s cycle of womanhood had been over for decades. Science and logic proved that it was humanly impossible to bear a child. 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 often surrounded by circumstantial physical evidence that disproves feasibility. If I’ve never experienced a personal miracle, then I will always lean toward logic, moving away from hope.
What might I ask God for today if all arguments and reserves were moved out of the way? Where does it seem risky to trust God? Where might others laugh in my face, voicing evidence against any faith-filled prayers? That points precisely to the kinds of impossibilities God relishes.
“But you can’t ask God for that!” Satan whispers. His taunts, like arrows, come at me through my own thoughts but also through the mouths of people. He is not above using faithless believers to parrot faithless words. I should remember that the next time a brother or sister in Christ comes with their ‘prudent’ warnings.
God has placed me in many impossible situations throughout my life. There were times I prayed for a miracle to avert some horrible consequence. I hung onto faith, stood in the Word, and prayed for the impossible. I have seen some miracles and I still shake my head at my powerful God. But I have seen God withhold miracles, too. I wonder at the mystery of why He withheld them, but He is wild and unpredictable. I pray, daily, that faith will be my default response when I am up against a wall despite the real possibility that He might say no to deliverance and yes to daily grace. Either way, my trust in Him will weather disappointment.
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, transformed it into a stunning environment full of limitless possibilities. This same God can do anything miraculous in my world.
For what can I trust You that would defy all odds? I’ll go there. Amen