Encouragement from God

reprinting this post from Os Hillman’s site

Is Anything Too Hard for God?
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Thursday, April 03 2014

“So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, ‘After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?’” – Genesis 18:12

God had promised Abraham and Sarah a son who would be the seed of a whole nation. Sarah was now beyond childbearing years. So when some angels from God paid Abraham and Sarah a visit to inform them that Sarah was going to have a child, she happened to be listening outside the tent and erupted with laughter. The thought seemed preposterous to her. The angels reminded her that nothing is impossible with God. “Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son” (Gen. 18:14). Sarah gave birth to Isaac as foretold.

Recently, I was considering putting on another workplace-leader summit for ministry leaders who minister to those in the workplace. I had been involved in such an event a year earlier. My friend Gunnar Olson, who is the founder of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce of Sweden, had been involved with me in putting on the first event, so I inquired whether he would be willing to participate in the second event. He wrote me an e-mail letter informing me that an international gathering of Christian workplace leaders would be taking place on the island of Cyprus in March and asked if I could postpone my event and instead participate in an event in Cyprus and invite other leaders. My initial response was laughter due to my current financial condition. In fact, I had to go to a map to see just where this place was.

The following day I received a call from a man I had met only 30 days earlier. We had not discussed this event in March. “What are you doing tomorrow? I would like you to go to the airport with me to pick up a missionary whom I want you to meet. We’d like to propose an idea to you. Can you come?”

“Sure,” I said.

The next day he picked me up and informed me that we were picking up a missionary who was flying in from Cyprus. “We are planning to take 25 workplace believers to Cyprus for an event that Gunnar Olson is involved in and would like you to come and teach your Esau-to-Joseph workshop the day before. We will cover your expenses. Would you be interested in doing this?” Again, I had to laugh as I saw the hand of God orchestrate in such a miraculous way and in such a timely manner to assure me of His involvement in the new directions in my life.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27).

Are there things that make you laugh when you think of the miracle that would be required for it to take place? Ask God for the miracle you need today.

 

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3 responses to “Encouragement from God

  1. Anne Sirianni

    My Joan, you have been such a believer, I am so unbelievably happy for you, I hope Joe is happy too. God Bless you go and spread your belief to others, you have given me so much without realizing it.

  2. God is so good. I went to a Highlights Foundation Workshop that I had originally considered impossible only last weekend. I hadn’t considered it possible to go, then at the last minute I applied for a scholarship which paid half the tuition and several of my friends pitched in and paid the other half. In less than two weeks I was making my airlines reservations and two weeks later I’m home again looking at my writing much differently. I’m also praying God will continue make it clear where I need to put my energy.

  3. So glad you were both directed to God by this post. Janice, that is good information about Highlights. I have often thought about their workshop but the money has always been a stumbling block for me.

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