God is a promise maker and a promise keeper. He declares what He will do and follows through with actions to bring to fruition what He said.
- He promised that the nation of Israel would be delivered from Egyptian bondage – and in Exodus they were delivered
- He promised Israel a land – the fulfillment came through Joshua
- He promised that the shepherd boy David would be King – and David ascended to the throne
- He promised the prophet that a widow woman would sustain him – she did so on a barrel of meal and little oil
- He promised a Savior would come – the fulfillment is Jesus
He has made promises to you that He fully intends to fulfill!!
Background on Sarah:
God’s conversations had been with Abraham. In Genesis 18 God asks for Sarah and it is here that we see her response to God. Let’s journey with her as God fulfills His promise.
God will fulfill His Promise:
Trust the Faithfulness of God – Hebrews 11:11
Hebrews 11:11–12 (NKJV)
11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
- Judge – (hegeomai) – to go before, lead the way (your mind), deem, count, consider
- To engage in an intellectual process, think, consider, regard
- Faithful – (pistos) – trustworthy, reliable
Hebrews 11:11 (ESV)
11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
Hebrews 11:11–12 (NLT)
11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. 12 And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.
GOD IS FAITHFUL
Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Lamentations 3:21–23 (NKJV)
21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
“My power will not bring to pass God’s promise” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Depend on the Power of God – Genesis 18:9-15
Genesis 18:9–15 (NKJV)
9 Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?”
So he said, “Here, in the tent.”
10 And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”
(Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 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? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
15 But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.
And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”
- Facts regarding Sarah – Gen. 18:11
- Pass the age of child bearing
- Is anything too hard for the LORD?
- Hard – be beyond one’s power to do, extraordinary, too wonderful
- LORD – self-existent, eternal
“YOUR POWER CAN NEVER BRING ABOUT HIS PROMISE!
WE MUST DEPEND ON HIS POWER!”—Pastor Billy Johnson
Jeremiah 32:17 (NKJV)
17 ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
Understand the Timing of God – Genesis 21:1-3
Genesis 21:1–3 (NKJV)
1 And the LORD visited Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac.
- Understand that every promise has a “set time” –
- Set Time– appointed, fixed, definite
- The Lord did what He said – Genesis 21:1
- Visited Sarah as he said
- Did for Sarah as He had spoken
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
Hebrews 6:15 (NKJV)
15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
- Patiently Endured – wait, despite difficulties
Isaac means laughter – GOD WILL FULFILL HIS PROMISE!