The Trust in God

And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
— Genesis 21:1

This is one of my favorite stories. Let me give you some background to the above verse. Three men had approached Abraham’s camp one year earlier. He invited them in and Sarah went to prepare food for them. She was listening from the opening of the tent and when one of the "men," who were really messengers from God, predicted that she would have a child, she laughed; after all, she was 90 years old and Abraham nearly 100! Her laugh was not a laugh of joy but of sarcasm and unbelief. Yet God predicted that in one year, she would give birth. One year later, when Abraham was 100, Sarah’s son, Isaac, was born.

How many times have you heard your children or grandchildren say something like, "You have to be kidding me. You want me to do what?" Those are times when you tell them to jump into the pool for the first time or jump from a high place into your arms.

We've all been there, trust is not something that is easily done. Sometimes it means letting go of what you believe, what you feel is rational, and putting it in someone else's control. It means letting things leave your control, and having hope that the person [or thing] you are trusting in comes through.

Of course, there are easier times to have trust. It seems a lot easier to trust God after winning a million dollars, or getting a new job, or having something good happen to you, but it seems so much harder to trust Him when things aren't going right.

Sometimes we find ourselves acting like Sarah. We know that God has promised to take care of us, but looking at the situation we almost doubt that He is able. Like Sarah, when we hear that good news is coming, we find ourselves sarcastically laughing.

I've always wondered what Sarah thought of that laugh after she knew she was pregnant. I've wonder how foolish she felt for doubting God?

Always remember, no matter how chaotic things appear to be, or how much we are struggling, God is right there with us. We may not always be able to depend on our jobs, or our banks, or even our government, but we can always depend on God. Because God not only keeps His word, just as He did with Sarah and Abraham, but nothing can stop God from keeping His word.

You may be facing some struggles and challenges in your life and your world is turned upside down. The question is, where are you putting your hope? God Bless!