Monday, December 23, 2019

Can't Lie to God… But Why Would You Want To? - Devotion on Genesis 18

Scripture: Genesis 18:15
“Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, ‘I did not laugh.’ But he said, ‘Yes, you did laugh.’”

Get the picture of this in your mind. God tells Abraham that Sarah is going to have a son. He’s not even talking to Sarah. Sarah is inside the tent while Abraham is entertaining his three guests. Yet she hears what God says and laughs to herself about it (she’s laughing quietly enough that she thinks she can deny it). And even though she’s laughing to herself, God still hears her.

And when God questions her about it (since He knows she’s listening), she lies about it and tries to deny her doubts. Was she afraid of admitting she had laughed at God? Was she trying not to be rude about doubting what He had said?

But notice that God doesn’t condemn her laughter or her doubts. He simply repeats the promise.

God hears everything we say, sees everything we do, and knows everything we think. But rather than that being a scary thing, it's actually comforting. The God who works miracles is always aware of what we're going through. He knows our fears and our doubts, and He's right there with us in them.

God doesn't let us get away with anything, but He never leaves our side either. When you have a God like that, a God who is on your side all the time, why would you want to try to hide anything from Him? Instead, surrender to His powerful care and listen to Him reassure you, just as He did with Sarah.

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