Back to the Beginning: Genesis 17:15-18:16

Today’s passage: Genesis 17:15-18:16
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Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself,
“Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old?
Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old bear a child?”
Genesis 17:17
Sometimes God’s promises and ways are so shocking, so far beyond our imagination, all we can do is laugh. Abraham rolled on the ground laughing when God told him he would have a son with Sarah. Sarah laughed too, when she heard the promise. 
It was so outrageous to Abraham he asked God to let Ishmael be the son of promise. But God would not use what man dreamed up to replace what He had in mind, what He had planned from the beginning. We could never conceive what God has in store for us. 
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
Abraham may have laughed initially, but ultimately he believed God. He is the father of our faith. So like him, we may come across some outrageous promises in His Word which make us laugh. Or a command we think preposterous, absolutely crazy. But when it comes right down to it, as Believers, we must choose the path of faith. Follow our father of faith. And believe. Trust Him to keep His promises, and obey His Word even when it doesn’t match up to our own understanding.
The world thinks He’s foolish, but His children are fools for Christ!
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men,
and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1Corinthians 1:25 ESV
Father God, thank You for remembering I’m made of dust,
frail and finite, limited in my understanding, and pouring out grace
on me when Your ways and promises seem way out there to me.
I choose to follow the example of Abraham on his faith journey.
I choose to believe You, even when it makes no sense to me.

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