Walls Torn Down

One of the most difficult obstacles for us in fulfilling God’s purpose is when devastating situations arise in our lives. Sometimes life seems so unfair, we wonder why God, why aren’t you doing something? Has this thought ever been a traveling companion of yours? At these difficult moments, we stand at a precipice, do we continue to trust God or go our own way. To trust God is to let go of our human desire to become bitter towards God, where we are unable to fulfill His divine purpose for our lives. Many believers today are on the sidelines, not fulfilling God’s purpose for their lives because they don’t know how to defeat despair. Defeating despair requires that we do four things: Remember, Refocus, Depend, Rely.

Remember God can do anything (Genesis 21:1-7). Abraham is now 100 years old and Sarah is 90. They have waited 25 years for a son, and finally, Sarah bears Abraham a son (21:2). God is always faithful, as stressed three times in the first two verses of this chapter: Genesis 21:1~The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. Genesis 21:2~And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. (ESV) He said, As He Promised, As Spoken. God was faithful in every detail of His promise, which reminds us of 1 Corinthians 1:9~God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (ESV) 

Listen how Abe immediately names him Genesis 21:3~Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. (ESV) Abe is again following God’s command from Genesis 17:19. To further show his obedience, Abe circumcises Isaac when he is 8 days old (Genesis 21:4). The name יִצְחָק Yitschaq means laughter, or he laughs which will remind Abe and Sarah, as well as all saints throughout history, how both Abe and Sarah laughed the year prior to יִצְחָק Yitschaq birth. (17:17; 18:12-13) Now Sarah says Genesis 21:6~And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” (EVS) Genesis 21:7~And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” (ESV). God turns their laughter of disbelief into laughter of great joy. 

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