January 27

January 27.

Sarah & Isaac — Sarah’s faith in God & Isaac’s promised birth.

Today’s Readings:
Reading 1: Genesis 21:1-7
Reading 2: Romans 9:6-9
Reading 3: Hebrews 11:11-16

After the hard reading of yesterday, today we come to a story which is more positive and shows God’s heart for His people. Sarah has a son, and they name him Isaac (meaning laughter) which is likely the reaction of anyone who hears that a woman of Sarah’s age has just given birth!

This is the son of the promise – the one God intended to give Abraham and Sarah from the very beginning. Yet the picture is complicated by their own efforts to fulfill God’s promise. Romans shows us that there is a difference between trusting God and working things out in our own strength. One leads to glory for God, the other leads to trouble!

And Sarah’s bearing of Isaac was by faith – clearly she has grown in her relationship with God to the place where she can believe His promises and so receive His gifts. Let’s pray for one another today; that we can do the same.

Have a great day!

Mark.

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