It is not God’s plan to keep us sad and burdened. Cast your cares on Him and trust His plan.

God’s Provisions:
He Laughs – Part 1

Scripture Reading:  Genesis 21:1-7

Key Verse:  Genesis 21:3

Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.

God did provide for Abraham and Sarah.  In their old age, God provided what was needed for a couple their age to give birth to a son.  Abraham named his son, Isaac.  In Hebrew Isaac is spelled yitschaq and has the literal meaning: He laughs.  In verse six Sarah said: “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”

            God’s provisions provide laughter for us—relief from the burden of need.  When God’s provisions come through to us, we have this deep sense of gratitude for the God who provides.  The cornerstone of our relationship with God is built on joy.  The Old Testament prophet, Nehemiah reminds us that the “joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).  The Apostle Paul instructed us that joy was a fruit (evidence or result) of the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:22).

            It is not God’s plan to keep us sad and burdened.  God’s Word tells us to cast our cares upon Him for He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).  God will provide whatever it is that we need.  It may be material needs or emotional needs.  It may be a physical touch on our bodies or wisdom for a decision we must make.  Whatever is needed, God is able.  Sarah’s body needed an internal divine touch if she was to bear a son at her age!  God provided.  What are you concerned about today?  Don’t let it steal your joy.  God will provide.

Father, I will rejoice before I see your provision.  Thank you for providing in the perfect way and timing, according to your wisdom.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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