Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” Genesis 18:15 NIV
Sarah couldn’t believe God’s plan for her life was to have a child. So she laughed at His plan.
She was too old. It had been so long. Could God do this? Would God even use someone like her for such a plan?
It was probably scary to simply trust by faith… she had been disappointed many times… she didn’t want to hurt again… so she laughed.
Sarah’s probably not alone in her fear. Was she?
I’ve had those kinds of fears. Many times.
Chances are you have also. You know God is calling you to do something, but the thought of actually obeying God in the matter freaks you out… scares you to death. You know what it’s like to fail. You don’t feel you have what it takes. Could God do this? Would He do it with you?
Walk by faith… or laugh at the plan? Trust or run. Face fears or fold to them. Those are your options.
But know this…
Faith believes something that you cannot see.
The unseen or unknown is scary, so fear is a natural reaction to God’s plan for your life. God calls us to the unknown. God is always calling us to the unknown. His ways are not our ways. His plans are usually larger than we have imagined. God calls us to walk by faith, facing something we cannot see, and that in turn brings fear into our hearts.
So, what’s the fear that will require faith for you to accomplish?
Perhaps there is a better question:
If you are obedient, what kind of glory will God receive through your faith in Him?
Don’t laugh at what you sense God is calling you to do (or at least not for long). God calls people to tasks beyond our ability or understanding everyday! Maybe this is your day!
Walk closer to faith than fear. I’m praying for you.
Ron Edmondson serves as the senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. Find out more at: http://www.ronedmondson.com/about
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Ron Edmondson serves as the senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and has an impressive history of church planting and church growth. A nationally known Christian leader, he was raised in a Christian home and active in his home church, First Baptist Church of Clarksville, Tennessee, serving as a lay leader, deacon, Sunday School director, and teacher. After twenty years in business, including time owning an insurance agency and a small manufacturing company, Ron heard God’s call to ministry.
A lifelong student of the Bible, Ron’s strong theological background guides him to teach faithfully from Scripture. Ron identifies himself as a wisdom seeker and a teacher.
Find out more at: http://www.ronedmondson.com/about