When life starts falling apart around you, what is your first response? Think about that question for a moment. What do you do when everything starts to go wrong?
In today's reading (Gen. 17:1-27) we are shown Abraham's reaction when life suddenly throws a curve-ball his way. Abraham is told that Sarah at 90 years old will bear him a child and Abraham laughs as if God just told him the most hysterical joke.
Ultimately God is obeyed and He delivers on His promise to Abraham, but that doesn't change the initial reaction of Abraham on hearing this news. If we're honest, our reactions are often similar. In the face of God's plans we sometimes laugh or scoff. We create flaws or make excuses as to why we what God says is going to happen won't actually happen.
As we were reminded a couple of days ago, God keeps His promises, and though faith can be both a difficult and terrifying thing, God will ultimately deliver us through it. We can laugh at God all we want, but God always has the last laugh.
The question from the devotional book is a wonderful question that warrants more consideration - Think about a challenging or trying time in your life. How did God use those circumstances to bring about good?
How can you use your experiences from those challenging times to encourage others that will/are go/going through the same thing?
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