Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Negotiating for Less? - Devotion on Genesis 17

Scripture: Genesis 17:17-18
Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”

Why does Abraham laugh? It is it because he’s overwhelmed with joy or because he’s overwhelmed with the thought of having to raise a child as a 100-year-old man? Does he think what God is promising is too good to be true? Does he think God is joking?

He doesn’t seem to believe God; he tries to negotiate down from the great miracle God wants to do for him in giving him a son by his wife to blessing the son he already has. It would be like if God offered us eternal life, and we say, “How about instead of that, You just me a good really 80 years or so in this life?”

It doesn’t make sense to try to talk God out of something He wants to do for us, does it? Why would we want to settle for less than He wants to give?

God wants to do great things in and through and for you. Don’t get overwhelmed. Don’t doubt. Don’t try to negotiate down. Take God at His word and see what miracles He’ll do for you.

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