“Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:14)
God has the capability of doing what He wills even though what He wills surpasses the limits of normal human expectation. God’s sovereignty means He had the authority and the power to give Sarah a son even though she was past ninety years of age. He who made the normal human functions can also alter them when necessary for His own purposes Miraculous intervention usually is for the purpose of revelation. It is God’s way of showing He is doing something special and important. Otherwise, the very precise and orderly way the laws of nature work is also an expression of he sovereign will of God. As sovereign God, He has chosen for all aspect of life in his universe to operate in a well defined, ordered, and regular way. The alternative would be a world of chaos and uncertainty.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we recognize God’s gift of out and altering in one person or in any number of persons the ability for a created child to enter the womb of one who is of advanced age; therefore telling all that He is doing something so special, because the effect will change the course of humanity forever. He told Abraham that in one year’s time, He would return and Sarah, his wife, would be holding a son in her arms, as He said He would do. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“On Judgment Day you’ll meet Father God—-not Mother Earth!”
“So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you.” (Jeremiah 7:16)
Times will come when people cannot pray (1st John 5:16). The initiative in prayer is with God. He allows people to communicate with Him in His grace. God declared Israel beyond the reach even of prayer. God does not change His mind (1st Samuel 15:29). His present purposes must be worked out (v20). God will not hear prayer for a faithless people who have brought forth His wrath and judgment. Later God responded to Jeremiah’s prayer in time of drought with another command not to pray (14:11).God may hear prayers from faithless people, but he will not act on them. Whether it be about simple things or very serious things, God will not take heed to faithless people. God is very serious about this and those who know they are faking faith, also know what it takes to be heard and listened to again, but it will include humbleness and truth in a penitent way, before forgiveness is granted. It has to be real, for He looks at our hearts and minds, not our words, but our actions.
“Then they will cry out to the lord, but he will not answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done.” (Micah 3:4)
Beloved, sin blocks us off from God’s presence. Withdrawing His presence is one way God reveals His wrath. Sins can carry a nation beyond the reach of prayer. God may hear them, but He will not take action on them.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” (1st Timothy 4:4-5)
Material things are not by nature evil. Neither the healthy sexual relationships of marriage nor certain foods are sinful in themselves. God ordained marriage and procreation at creation (Genesis 1:28; 2:24-25). Everything He created was “very good” (Genesis 1:26). We are to use the personal relationships and material things God gives us, thanking Him for them and dedicating them to His purposes.
Holiness does not depend on legal specifications, but on relationship with God. In prayer fellowship with God, gratefully acknowledging Him as invariable source, Christians hallow everything we touch.