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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, April 20, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
After repeated promises, a visit by two angels, and the appearance of the Lord himself, Sarah finally cried out with surprise and joy at the birth of her son. Because of her doubt, worry, and fear, she had forfeited the peace she could have felt in God’s wonderful promise to her. The way to bring peace to a troubled heart is to focus on His promises. Trust God to do what he says.
Who could believe that Abraham would have a son at 100 years of age—and live to raise him to adulthood? But doing the impossible is everyday business for God. Our big problems won’t seem so impossible if we let God handle them. (NLT)
Genesis 21:1-7 – Then the Lord did exactly what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant, and she gave a son to Abraham in his old age. It all happened at the time God had said it would. And Abraham named his son Isaac. Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. Abraham was one hundred years old at the time.
And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter! All who hear about this will laugh with me. For who would have dreamed that I would ever have a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!”
Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” –Genesis 21:6 (NIV)
Geoffrey L. Snook (Kansas) titled his story “THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER;” here is a portion of Geoffrey’s story:
“One Sunday morning I noticed many solemn faces in my congregation. I knew these people well, and many concerns weighed on their hearts. . . .
“In this world, we are surrounded by heartaches and serious concerns. However, God is with us and God can still give us joy. Sometimes the joy comes to us directly, as it did for Sarah. Sometimes it comes to us indirectly through the joy of others. However the gift of joy comes, it is a big reminder that the heartaches and concerns of this world are only temporary.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Laughter is one way that God adds joy to our lives.
Prayer: Joyful Creator, help us to experience the gift of laughter, and help us to rejoice with others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WAITING FOR A CHILD
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