Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb
Can you imagine finding out you or someone you knew were pregnant at the age of 90 and the child’s father was 100? This is where Abraham and his wife, Sarah found themselves. Despite their best efforts over the decades, God had not granted them a child up until this point. In her barrenness, Sarah had all but given up. She was in a hopeless state. In fact, she laughed at the very notion that she could have a child this late in her life. This very laughter is where their son Isaac’s name came from.
How they must have wondered about God’s promises to them. Do you think their heads were filled with doubts and questions? This verse says that Abraham contemplated his own body. He considered his own impotence. Yet, he made this consideration in light of who God was. Without remembering the truth about God, we are left in a dangerous place when our focus is solely on our weaknesses.
Why does it seem that so often when God speaks a promise to us, one of the first things our mind goes to is the ways it won’t work out? Why are we prone to focus on the difficulties or the impossibilities of a situation instead of trusting God to do what He says He will do? Does your mindset need adjusting today? Are you living like you truly believe that God is able to supply all your needs and do what He says He will for you?
• Where are you tempted to focus on your weakness over God’s strength today?
• How does God’s Word speak into this situation?
• Pray that your mind will stay fixed on things above and that you’ll remember God’s ways are often not our ways. Pray that you won’t become shut off to the possibilities God has for your future.