Today’s Reading: Genesis 20-21
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Key Verses: Genesis 21:2-3
For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.
Abraham named the baby Isaac, which means, “laughter,” for good reasons. (1) When Abraham was promised by God that he would have a son with his wife Sarah, Abraham “Fell on his face and laughed” (Gen. 17:17). (2) When Sarah heard the promise of God she laughed also, but it was a different laugh. Abraham laughed for joy, and Sarah laughed because of unbelief (Gen. 18:12). (3) The promise, of which Isaac was the heir, has become a cause for laughter as an expression of joy down through the ages. Isaac was born “at the set time.” God is rarely early in fulfilling His promises, but He is never late! God is punctual. His promised mercies may not come on our schedule. They will come in His timing. “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord, I heard that someone prayed,”Dear Lord, give me patience, and please hurry up!” That thought brings me laughter, and that’s okay with You. I pray that Your joy will fill my heart. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I make sure I watch the 100 Huntley Street telecast every day. Even if I’m not near a TV set, I can watch it on the internet at www.100huntley.com (if you are in the USA it will take you to the USA website, but you can click on the Canadian flag to find the Canadian edition of 100 Huntley Street). I pay close attention to every word spoken, to the body language, and to the visuals shown. You see, these television productions were promised to Norma-Jean and me years ago. My wife had the vision of a continent-wide TV ministry before I did. I laughed at her definite statement. I had unbelief, but God did it anyway. There we were in a small congregation in a small village. How could this ever be? I look back now and marvel at the plan and grace of God. If you want to see what God has done over 52 years, click here and browse around the website. Now I laugh for joy realizing that God has done “more than we could ever ask or think according to the power that works within us” (Ephesians 3:20).
Yours with joyful laughter,
P.S. Please join me in prayer for the first of my summer healing services this evening. I am leading it in the Chapel at the Crossroads Centre here at 1295 North Service Road in Burlington. Throughout July and August, every Sunday evening at 6 p.m., I’ll be joined by others in praying for the sick according to James 5:13-16. This is one way to say “Thanks” to God and to all who ministered to me since I was diagnosed with acute MDS leukemia 28 months ago. I was told that this disease is “terminal,” and that I could expect to live for 24 months. I had lost over 80 pounds, and frankly I looked like a bag of bones. But now here I am having gained 45 pounds back (enough already!), feeling energized, and ready to pray for others. Find more about the healing services here. There is lots of “laughter” in our family and in the Crossroads Ministry as we rejoice in the purposes of God. May this “Lord’s Day” be filled with lots of reasons to laugh!