With God, we often say “It’s a relationship not – a religion.” – TRUE, all true.
God hears our laughter, tears, conversations, confusions, and the clarity or cloudiness of our conscious days in conscience ways. God speaks clearly if we listen. God rescues. We pray for a softened heart to hear Him. He gives direction (and often God gives pause) and God gives mercy and grace… God finds favor for those who favor His counsel. I heard a preacher once say: “God wouldn’t have given the life of His Son to only turn His back on you now.” True – God wants to hear you and wants you to listen. God wants conversation.
1) God heard Sarah, Abraham’s wife, LAUGH IN DISBELIEF that she would bear a child as an old woman. She then tried to HIDE her disbelief, but God heard that too.
2) God and Abraham spoke often within a safety zone of back and forth conversation. God did not bargain as much as be PATIENT with all the requests. We also might try to bargain but in truth, God is sovereign, He always gets the final Word (especially since He had the first and ALL), but at least He listens and we can know that He is patient with us.
3) God warned the king of the foreign land, Abimelek, to not touch/court Sarah, whom he did not know was Abraham’s wife. Sarah and Abraham, when they ventured into Abimelek’s region did not disclose the marriage relationship in a hope to not get killed. God came to Abimelek in a dream, they conversed. Acknowledging Abimelek’s clear conscience since he simply did not know and was not given the whole of the information, God gave Abimelek a clear and stern warning. Once Sarah was released, God corrected His imposed punishment of infertility of Abimelek’s household. God knows our relationships, our innocence and our deeds, and He knows our motives. God knows what is best for us too. God knows when to put His foot down and say NO.
4) GOD HEARD THE CRYING of the boy Ishmael, and opened the eyes of Hagar, a distressed and sobbing mom, so she would discover a well of water to save her son. God hears us. God knows all. We can call out. Even our tears are known by God and collected by His Love. When we think we have nothing less to give, God gives us PROVISIONS for living, God gives us gifts for living and excess for caring for others. God promises great things for our future because He is the One Who SECURES it.
God knows our hearts. True. God loves each of us, me and you. Surely showing us how much He loves us is the conversation God wants to have with us. If God has gone to the depths of giving His beloved Son to show us love, and our Jesus has given His own life freely to us for eternal life, by His lowering Himself to Earth in order to raise us up, He really does love us!!!
God Jesus and Holy Spirit are always near.
TRUE. and Lord, I Love You Too.
Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.
3 But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.”
4 Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister,’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands.”
6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. 7 Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.”
8 Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid. 9 Then Abimelek called Abraham in and said, “What have you done to us? How have I wronged you that you have brought such great guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.” 10 And Abimelek asked Abraham, “What was your reason for doing this?”
11 Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her, ‘This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”
14 Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelek said, “My land is before you; live wherever you like.”
16 To Sarah he said, “I am giving your brother a thousand shekels of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.”
17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again, 18 for the Lord had kept all the women in Abimelek’s household from conceiving because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.
The Birth of Isaac
21 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7 And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away
8 The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”
11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 12 But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. 13 I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.”
14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba.
15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she began to sob.
17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”
19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.
20 God was with the boy as he grew up.