19. Do your best and God will do the rest

A while after God confirmed His covenant with Abraham, God and two angels came to visit Abraham. He thought that they were ordinary men, but even though he did, he was very hospitable. He invited them in and he gave them the best of all that he had. He gave them the best bread, a nice fat calf, cheese and milk and he personally served them at the age of almost a hundred. Abraham gave them his best, as though he was doing it for the Lord (when in actual fact he was). Then one of them, that we later learn is the Lord, speaks up and tells Abraham that in a year's time Sarah will have a son. Sarah was listening in on the conversation and laughed.

"How could a worn-out woman like me have a baby? And when my master - my husband - is also so old?" Genesis 18:12

She couldn't believe what she was hearing. Even after Abraham told her of the covenant God had made with him, she still found it difficult to believe. And then God says the following:

"Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, 'Can an old woman like me have a baby?' Is anything too hard for the Lord? About a year from now, just as I told you, I will return, and Sarah will have a son." Genesis 18:13, 14

And it happened exactly as the Lord said it would. A year later she was holding Isaac in her arms. Despite her unbelief, God blessed her due to His covenant with her husband Abraham.

When reading this, this one phrase stuck with me: "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" Now I think all of us will answer, 'Of course not! Nothing is too hard for Him to do'. And though we answer that way, our actions mostly reveal a different truth. Do we really act as if He can do anything? Or do we laugh behind closed doors like Sarah, finding it difficult to believe that God can work miracles in our situation? Or do we take matters into our own hands, fearing that things will not work out as we have planned it?

I think next time when things look bleak and without hope, we need to remind ourselves that anything is possible with God. God can help us break bad habits, He can help us to conquer sin in our lives, He can help us to make the right decision, He can turn any 'impossible' situation around, He can bring healing and He can restore lost years to us. He can do anything. We must just do our best, what we can in the natural, and then give the impossible over to Him. He can take the impossible and turn it into our greatest victory, all to His glory. Trust Him for that. God is faithful and true, the God of more than enough, the God of the impossible.

"We give all our 'impossible' situations into Your capable hands o Lord. We will do what we can, but then we trust You to take the matter further. All glory and honour belongs to You. Lord do whatever brings You most of the glory and give us the grace to be able to handle the outcome. We believe that You know best. In Jesus' Name. Amen"

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