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Our Laughing Promise Keeper

Today’s Reading: Genesis 12:1-4; 21:1-7

Genesis 21:2 — Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.

God promises and then keeps His promise. Sarah laughed because God kept His promise to her and Abraham. Sarah could see the humor in God’s timing. She was filled with joy to finally give birth to a child of her own. 

The name Isaac means “he laughs” and this name may have a double meaning. First, Abraham laughed because he became a father when he was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old. Also, God laughed because Isaac’s miraculous birth brought so much happiness to this couple who had waited 75 years for God to fulfill His promise.

God must laugh a lot. He must enjoy the surprised and happy looks on the faces of His children when He keeps His promises. One moment we are fretting and biting our nails because we think God has forgotten His promise, and then we are crying tears of joy or looking flabbergasted when God does exactly what He said He would do and more. He must shake His head and chuckle at our little faith.

Mary and Martha were upset with Jesus because they thought He had arrived too late to save their brother Lazarus. Jesus wept, Jesus brought Lazarus back to life, and then Jesus probably laughed. Jesus probably laughed when He showed Himself to His followers after the resurrection. The expressions on their faces must have been hilarious! But Jesus did exactly what He had promised—He rose again to life on the third day.

Sometimes we are too sober and serious. Yes, there is a time and place for reverence in our worship of Jesus; but there is also a time to laugh and rejoice with Him and celebrate what He has done for us. Let your face smile when you sing songs of praise and worship! God has kept so many promises already that you should shout, “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!” and then laugh out loud to defy the enemy and give glory to God. Try it!

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05/10/2024 Devotional

“God has kept so many promises already that you should shout, “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!”

Why haven’t you fulfilled my prayer for so long and made me wait?

I was thirsty.

But when I think about it, it was all the grace of God that allowed me to live like this until now, and in the end, He fulfilled all His promises.

So, believing in the grace and promise of the Lord who has taken care of me so far, I shout, “Hallelujah, I praise only the Lord.”


05/10/2024 묵상

“ 하나님은 벌써 너무나 많은 약속을 이루어주셨다. 그래서 ”할렐루야, 주님을 찬양합니다“ 라고 외친다.

왜 이렇게 오랬동안 내 기도를 안 이루어주시고 기다리시게 하는가! 에 나는 목이 말랐다 그런데…

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