When God plans our path (Genesis 17:17)
by Lynette Kittle
Today’s Bible Verse – “Abraham fell face down; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man of a hundred years old?” Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” – Genesis 17:17
Has God ever surprised you with what He has planned for you, something seemingly unbelievable that seemed like it could never happen?
How many couples would believe they could conceive a baby at 100 and 90, without the help of medical science? Like Abraham, would we fall face down, laughing at the very thought?
Yet the Bible is full of incredible stories, those where impossibilities became possible. But often our own wisdom, understanding, education, and life experiences can hold us back and inhibit what we are willing to believe is possible with God.
In an episode of the classic TV show “Leave It to Beaver,” Wally Cleaver (Tony Dow) can’t believe his little brother’s audacity in carrying out a task, to which Beaver (Jerry Mathers ) gives a deep answer. “I’m glad I don’t know as much as you, otherwise I’d be the fattest chicken in the world.”
believe the incredible
Many today think that most biblical stories are just fables and didn’t really happen. But recently a man was swallowed by a big fish and lived to tell about it. Sound familiar? Yet many believe the story of Jonah never happened (Jonah 1:17).
Likewise, what would we have done if God had asked us to build a giant ark and fill it with two copies of every animal in the world? Sounds a bit like a weird idea, right?
At the time Noah (Genesis 6:9) built the ark, some biblical scholars believe that it had never rained on earth before. If so, the concept of uninterrupted water spillage and flooding was unheard of.
Hebrews 11:7 explains, “By faith Noah, being warned of things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir to the righteousness that is according to faith.
Yet none of us would be here on earth today if Noah had rejected God’s plan, if he had tried to figure out beforehand if it could work.
Furthermore, there are the three men who come smokeless out of a fiery furnace. Most of us would think there is no way in this world that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego could survive (Daniel 3:23-27).
Besides, how many of us would believe that Daniel could spend a long dark night in a lion’s den and come out in one piece, without even nibbling any of his toes or fingers? (Daniel 6:22)
And what about a baby born to a virgin, a biological impossibility made possible? (Matthew 1:23)
Are we missing?
God has a history of surprising people by revealing his power and majesty in unexpected ways. When we consider all of the above, are we terribly underestimating God and what he wants to accomplish through us?
Do we really believe that anything is possible with God, or are we limiting his plans and goals for our lives?
James 4:2 reminds us that we do not have because we do not ask. So why not let these Bible stories encourage us to ask God for more, to seek out His plans to fulfill in our lives, even if we don’t understand how they could possibly be happening through us.
Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenthood, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, iBelieve.com, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, Startmarriageright.com, growthtrac.com, and more. She holds a Masters in Communication from Regent University and is an Associate Producer for Soul Check TV.
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