Pleading for the Seemingly Impossible
Now Isaac pleaded with the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Isaac, the man whose own birth defied possibility, faced a similar dilemma. His beloved wife, Rebekah, was barren—unable to have children. We’re told that he pleaded with God, and there’s little doubting that his were passionate prayers.
It’s likely that many years before, Isaac’s mother Sarah had told him about the impossibility of his birth. Perhaps she told him how she would never be able to forget what God asked Abraham: “Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son” (Genesis 18:14).
Whether Isaac knew these things or not, he and Rebekah learned the same lesson—nothing is too hard for God. Rebekah was not able to have children for 20 long years. And yet, when God enters the picture, the impossible becomes possible. It’s a lesson Christ would later repeat to His disciples: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
We must never rule out the ability—and the desire—of our great Creator to turn our impossibilities into realities. As the apostle James wrote, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
God loves to give His children good things—and we need to remember to ask (Matthew 7:11)!
To learn more about God’s promises, especially His promises about physical healing, read “Scriptures on Healing.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “A Forgiving God.”