“These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham fathered Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.” (Genesis 25:19–21, ESV)
And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. Does God answer your BIG prayers? Seriously. Often we pray for little things, and when they happen we aren’t sure whether it was God, coincidence, or someone else.
Yet when we ask for BIG things, things that no one else would do if they could do them, then we know God has responded. When God shows up and shows off, we are certain that “he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6, ESV)
Now, we all know verses like that if we have been in the faith for a while. We hear them talked about in worship and Bible studies, but are we sure they tell us true truth?” Does God really care about the details of my life? And why would He? Doesn’t He have bigger things to deal with other than this?
Such are the questions of doubt. All too often we simply don’t believe God loves us enough to take the time and energy to help us with our problems, tall, grande, or venti, as they say at my coffee shop. Doubt destroys faith like a spring rain ruins a newspaper.
When Rebekah couldn’t have children, Isaac knew that the God who promised the stars of the universe in number would have to intervene. And so, choosing to take his issue to God, God answered. Maybe it was just a test. Was God simply trying to exercise Isaac’s faith muscle? Did He want the second generation of faith to know and see God work like his father Abraham had?
And in your life, is there a BIG problem that you can’t solve? Has it been going on for a while? Isaac would tell all of us to stop, drop and roll. Stop trying, drop to our knees and cry out to God for His supernatural intervention, and roll all our concerns upon Him. He is more than able to resolve anything that has come our way. Today would be a great day to pray and then watch God work!
Faith Filled Fridays hope to boost your trust in God and accelerate your daring and courage in everyday life. Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Executive Director of Eagles In Leadership, writes each encouragement out of a heart that has known both great joy and great loss – his wife of 38 years, 5 months and 2 days was promoted to Heaven on November 11, 2017. Through every experience, God has proven Himself more than faithful and trustworthy. He welcomes your comments below.