Have you ever laughed at God? Be honest. Has he ever asked you to do something so ridiculous or promised you something unimaginable that you literally laughed out loud at God?
There was a time years ago when God was calling me into full-time ministry. I had all the excuses in the world…and good ones. I had a shady past. I was a licensed EMT and had a secure, good-paying job at a hospital. I had not gone to seminary (and didn’t plan to, either). I wasn’t perfect, we all know that pastors are perfect (insert sarcasm).
You name it, I had every reason in the book to not do what God was asking of me…and laugh in his face in the process.
Well, thankfully I’m not the only person who’s ever done this. There’s a relatively small character in the Bible. You might have heard of him. Abraham (more sarcasm)? God had a specific plan for mankind in this piece of history, and he was going to use Abraham and his wife, Sarah, to do it. They screwed it up the first time by taking things into their own hands. So this was round two. God (again) tells Abraham that he and Sarah will have a son. Abraham was 100 years old at the time, and Sarah was 90 when this passage comes into the picture…
Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” Gen. 17:17
See, ROFL (rolling on floor laughing) was started by Abraham even before Twitter.
So, has God made you a seemingly ridiculous promise lately? Is he asking you to do something for him that is way beyond your own capabilities and imagination? If so, I’ll pray for you. I’m in that season myself. Recently, God has been calling me to transition into a Campus Pastor roll as our church begins moving toward a multi-site church model. Intimidating? Yes. Beyond my own capabilities? Oh, yeah. But…
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Cor. 9:8
God will come through when you and I are in his will. He is able. Do you believe it?
May you have the courage and faith to say ‘YES’ to his call on your life today.
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