Sarah laughed…

… after Abraham also laughed (Gen. 17:17) when God again told him he would have the son (and eventual innumerable descendants) God promised him. Then Sarah, who was listening from the tent to Abraham talking with his angelic/theophonic guests, and

12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”
13 And the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? – Genesis 18:12-14a (NKJV)

Instead of a harsh rebuke for them both, even after Sarah denied laughing (vs. 15), Abraham was reminded of God’s awesome power! Is anything to hard for the LORD? What a wonderful reminder!

[I started a Bible reading program using Pocket e-Sword – 6 days a week, 4 chapters a day. So far (i.e., since Tuesday), I’ve only had to catch up once – not bad, I guess. I’ve wanted to do a “read through the Bible in a year” program for some time, but haven’t ever had the discipline. Using a PDA should help since it’s so convenient; we’ll see how it goes!]

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The Thought of God, ch.3 – “The Still Small Voice”

I must have started this post a couple of months ago… it’s been a while since I’ve dipped back into The Thought of God, which is a shame, because it’s a great book! However, the fact that the book is made up of a series of articles makes it very easy to pick up again and read new material — or to review old material and finish old blog posts 🙂

I’ll try to refrain from quoting this whole chapter – as it is, I think I’ll be quoting quite a bit of it, so please bear with me. Roberts opens this article on “The Still Small Voice” (chapter 3) with this paragraph:

There is nothing about God’s being, nature, or ways which embarrasses us more than his gentleness. We readily think of power, majesty, greatness and sovereignty when we remember God. It is right and good that we should do so. These are all parts of his ways. They do not surprise or unman us because we expect them and are, in a manner, prepared for them. But God’s gentleness is somehow awesome and overwhelming to our minds. It catches us off balance and staggers us by its very wonderfulness.

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