Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. O-Fight-Win. Amen.
The Three Visitors
1 The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.
3 He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, [a] do not pass your servant by. 4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5 Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant." "Very well," they answered, "do as you say."
6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. "Quick," he said, "get three seahs [b] of fine flour and knead it and bake some bread."
7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8 He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.
9 "Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him. "There, in the tent," he said.
10 Then the LORD [c] said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son." Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master [d] is old, will I now have this pleasure?"
13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?' 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD ? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son."
15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh." But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."
Abraham was eager to offer hospitality to the three angels. In his day that was how you maintained a good reputation, by being hospitable to strangers. This time, the strangers happened to be angels from God, on a mission. We all have thought from time to time that following God would be easier if we could see him, if we could see his angels. Maybe we have. This thought should be in our minds the next time we have an opportunity to meet a stranger’s needs.
Again, God reminds Abraham that he will have a son with Sarah, and this time it was Sarah who laughed. Then he lied about it, of course she was scared. Verse 14 is the most important of the reading, "Is there anything too hard for the Lord?" The answer is "No, there is nothing too hard for the Lord." Remember that when it seems like life is overwhelming you. You may not be able to stay ahead by yourself, but with God’s help, anything is possible.
Prayer- Lord- Help me to remember that you are God, and that anything is possible through you. Go- Fight- Win. Amen.
Things to do today- Read Genesis 18:16-25