… and there is an interesting account in the life of Abraham around the time the Lord sent a message to him that he and his wife Sarah would have a son of their own in about a year. Sarah overheard the messengers and, chuckling to herself, said, “After I am worn out and my husband is old, will I now have this pleasure?” Sarah was 90 and Abraham was 99 at the time!
God had promised Abraham that he would be the father of countless descendants. But Sarah was unable to conceive, so in fear of missing out on His promise, they came up with their own plans. Abraham submitted a plan to assign his estate to Eliezer of Damascus. Sarah thought she could begin a family through her maidservant Hagar, and Ishmael was born. But God’s plan was different. Sarah and Abraham would have a son, Isaac, and he would be the child of God’s promise through whom the nations of the world would be blessed. Interestingly, Isaac means, “He laughs.”
It has been said, “If you want to make God laugh, show him your plans!” That line often brings a chuckle, but there is a point in it that is worth taking seriously. When Jesus spoke to his disciples in his final instructions to them before his death on the cross, knowing their fears, said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” Their troubles were to be handled with trust. Another way to state it, their fear was to be overcome with faith.
Isaac was born, according to God’s plan. The disciples were empowered with faith to carry on with the mission of spreading the message of God’s love through Jesus the Christ… so effectively that we, 1,986 years after Jesus spoke those words, have been strengthened and comforted by them.
God’s plan for you and me is that we are saved by his grace, confident of his promise of eternal life, and strengthened with the faith to overcome whatever fears invade our lives. We can trust in his promises… no joke!
For His glory,