Dear Church Family,
I just finished reading from Genesis 18. In that chapter, God is telling Abraham that Sarah will bear a child, a son. Sarah laughs at the thought since she is past child-bearing age, and God calls her out for her laughter and doubt. He then goes on to say in Genesis 18:14, “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” Those six words in that verse spoke to me, “…. at the appointed time I will ….. ” Waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promise, Abraham and Sarah became impatient. Sarah urged him to produce an heir through her servant, Hagar. But this offspring, Ishmael, was not God’s appointed heir. And they did not act at His appointed time. Year after year they waited, and no doubt they may have given up. Yet God still had an appointed time for them. And, when that time came, He performed a miracle, in His time, and in His way. When we think about the birth of Jesus, we are reminded of God’s appointed times. Remember what Galatians 4:4 (NLT) says, “But when the right time came, God sent his Son,” God sent Jesus into this world at just the right time. God always knows what we need and when we need it.
You may have been praying about a matter for a long time and thought about giving up praying about it. Remember God loves you as His child, so pray with boldness. Believe that His infinite power is available for you. Remember, nothing is impossible for God! Don’t give up. Remember these six encouraging words found in v.14, “at the time appointed I will ….” Thank God today and know that in His appointed time He will always take care of you. May God bless you and I hope to see you and your family in church this coming Lord’s Day!