Yesterday I had this lovely post ready to share with you, all about my very first baby shower – but then Sunday morning service happened and bam! I just knew I had to share this message with you.
To be honest with you, I sat down in the pew on Sunday morning, looked at the program, realized our paster is on sabbatical, and immediately wished I was back in bed. How terrible is that? As I slumped in my seat, tired from tossing and turning all night, I prayed that the Lord would use Zach Weihrauch of Gateway Heights Church to speak to my heart that morning. And He did.
The sermon was on Genesis 18, whenever the Lord speaks to Abraham and promises him a son with Sarah. The pastor started by describing Sarah. She’s an elderly woman, unable to bear children, the wife of Abraham, and she’s bitter. So whenever the Lord spoke to Abraham and she had been eavesdropping, she overheard Him say that she would bear a son and she laughed. Not necessarily audibly, but in her heart – she laughed. And the Lord knew her heart – He heard her laugh and knew her doubt.
The Lord responds to Abraham, “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?” And the answer is no. Nothing is impossible for Him. Yet everyday, we doubt, we forget His power, and we stumble. In that moment, Sarah doubted. She questioned His power and faithfulness.
God could have used Abraham to make great nations and He could have moved forward without Sarah. But, He doesn’t want to. He wanted to use her! Just like He wants to use me and you. It’s times like these, we need to learn from Sarah. We need to come out of the tent, trust the Lord, and walk by faith.
Fastforward to Genesis 21:1 & 2, “Then the Lord took note of Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had promised. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him.”
He kept His promise and used Sarah.
The service ended with Just As I Am, another reminder that He can use me just as I am. I just have to let Him.