Scripture: Genesis 18:1-15
Key verse: (14) “Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.”
Reflection: Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? Just a couple of weeks ago we heard Mary ask the angel Gabriel “How can this be?” and Gabriel responded “For nothing will be impossible with God.” God does wonderful, impossible things all the time. God promised Abraham and Sarah a son but in their anxious waiting, they pursued a “Plan B” and Abraham had a son Ishmael with the slave Hagar. When the Lord appeared to Abraham in a visit from three mysterious men, the promise of a son was repeated. Sarah overheard the promise and laughed. The promise was impossible. There was no sign of hope. Maybe Sarah thought it was ridiculous, or maybe she was overcome with giggles imagining a child in her old age.
As we begin a new year, let’s take time to consider the wonderful things God has done and let’s pray about the wonderful things God will do. God worked through scientists in 2020 to develop a vaccine for Covid 19 in record time and with great effectiveness. God worked through health care workers and first responders to bring care and comfort to sick people. God showed us glimpses of grace in the way communities came together to care for one another. God empowered ministries to adapt to offer good news in new and creative ways.
What wonderful things will God do this year? Look around where you expect to find hopelessness and you might see God at work bringing hope. If I suggest that God will bring peace to our divided nation, are you tempted to laugh? If I propose that God will ensure hungry people are fed and homeless people are given shelter, will you snicker? If I preach that God will bring justice to those who have been mistreated, do you roll your eyes?
Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? The answer is no. May God transform our ridiculing laughter to joyful hope.
Prayer: Nothing is impossible with you, O Lord. Nothing is too wonderful for you, O Lord. When I am tempted to discount your power, when I am quick to dismiss your work, when I am cynical about your future, correct me. Fill me with joyful hope that empowers me to work for the coming of your kingdom. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].