Today’s Reading: Genesis 20-21
Key Verse: Genesis 21:2
For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
Abraham named the baby “Isaac,” which means, “laughter,” for good reasons. (1) When Abraham was promised by God that he would have a son with his wife Sarah, Abraham “Fell on his face and laughed” (Gen. 17:17). (2) When Sarah heard the promise of God she laughed also, but it was a different laugh. Abraham laughed for joy, and Sarah laughed because of unbelief (Gen. 18:12). (3) The promise, of which Isaac was the heir, has become a cause for laughter as an expression of joy down through the ages. Isaac was born “at the set time.” God is rarely early in fulfilling His promises, but He is never late! God is punctual. His promised mercies may not come on our schedule. They will come in His timing. “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord, I heard that someone prayed, “Dear Lord give me patience, and please hurry up.” That thought brings me laughter, and that’s okay with You. May Your joy fill my heart because You are good and the most often repeated verse in the Bible is “His mercy endures forever” (see Psalm 136).
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I make sure I watch the 100 Huntley Street telecast every day. I pay close attention to every word spoken, to the body language, and to the visuals shown. You see, these television productions were promised to Norma-Jean and me years ago. My wife had the vision of a continent-wide TV ministry before I did. I laughed at her definite statement. I had unbelief, but God did it anyway. We were serving in a small congregation in a small town in the north. How could this ever be? I look back now and marvel at the plan and grace of God. Now I laugh for joy realizing that God has done “more than we could ever ask or think according to the power that works within us” (Ephesians 3:20).
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