1 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. — Genesis 21:1-3 NIV
A year earlier when God had made His promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son, Sarah had laughed because she could not believe this would happen. (Genesis 18) But, here it is, a year later and the promised son was born. In an earlier appearance to Abraham, God had told him to name the son, Isaac. (Genesis 17) In Hebrew, Isaac means laughter. His birth was certainly a time for joy and laughter. But every time Sarah called Isaac, she was reminded that she had doubted the promise of God and had laughed at it. But she was also reminded that God is faithful and nothing can prevent His promises from being fulfilled in His timing. God had changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which in Hebrew, means the father of many nations. That certainly came true as well. From his two sons came twenty-four tribes of people, twelve from each son. God has made many promises to the church in general and they will all be fulfilled in His timing. If He has made specific promises to you, you can be sure that in due time, those promises will be fulfilled. Our part is to wait on God. Not in the sense of sitting and doing nothing, but in the military sense of the word. Wait, watch and secure the area where you have been placed. We are in a spiritual battle every day. Is your area secure? Is it covered by the blood and marinated in prayer every day? If not, the enemy is at the door and if there is a crack, he will come in.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. — Matt. 24:42, 43 NIV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. — James 4:6-9 NIV
The Old Testament law was given to show man that he could not live up to the perfection required for redemption. Man could not and cannot do anything to save himself. Those living in that time who thought they were doing a good enough job to satisfy God’s requirements for redemption were caught up in prideful thinking. They became so full of pride that they actually added laws to the ones God had already given. We can only assume that they thought they were improving the situation, when, in fact, they were putting burdens on the people. So, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, who was full of grace and mercy.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. — John 1:14 NIV
We are saved by grace through faith and Jesus wants to continue to give us grace upon grace.
16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. — John 1:16 NASB
It is this continued gift of grace that allows us to overcome the flesh and submit oursleves to God. Without it, we would be like the religious leaders of ancient times and become so full of pride that we would be useless in spreading the word of God. There is nothing in this world that is worthy of praise when it is compared to the joy and the hope that we have through Jesus Christ.
30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” — 1 Cor. 1:30, 31 NIV
If anything or anyone in this world brings us greater joy, pleasure and happiness than knowing Jesus, then we are double-minded. We should mourn and wail while asking God to forgive us and bring our focus back on Him and Him alone.