And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing 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. Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.
That is often our reaction. We are so limited. We are used to things following the typical course and the typical way. We are not used to having answers for the impossible. We doubt. We have a hard time believing. But this is the reality when God is involved. He is not limited by anything. It didn’t matter how old Abraham and Sarah were. It didn’t matter how long it had been since Sarah could have naturally born a child. It didn’t matter that they didn’t understand how it could possibly be.
Most of who God is is beyond us, far past our understanding. But this is a key truth we must all take to heart in our relationship with God—that nothing is too hard for Him. Too often we focus on what is missing, what we lack to contribute to a situation. But God is not limited by what limits us. God is more than what we lack. He has power and wisdom. He can create. He can give life. He can move beyond the bounds of our world and how it operates, even as He works within it.
Sarah would have her son, conceived in her barren womb, born nine months later, but it would be anything but typical. An all-powerful, life-giving God is the only explanation for it. When she’d first heard it, she couldn’t help but laugh, but surely when it came to pass, she couldn’t help but rejoice and glorify God for what He had done so amazingly in her life.
May these words be real to us in whatever situation we find ourselves in. May we be confronted with this same question, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” whenever we are tempted to doubt. Because the answer to that question is no. Nothing at all is too hard. God can do as He pleases. He can do more than we can imagine, something beyond what we may dare to hope for. So may we fully trust Him and believe He is able. And when we see God work, our laughs of doubt will turn to songs of praise.