Daily Delight

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

“The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years…So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “after I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh...Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Sarah denied it, saying I did not laugh, for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh” (Genesis 18:10-15 ESV).
When I feel limited, silenced or doubtful about a calling in front of me, I find myself deflecting with the same cynical shield as Sarah. How many times am I staring at the mountain in front of me, hear the Spirit inside claim, “you can climb this,” and just flat out laugh in denial. I roll my eyes at the absurdity of the idea that I could conquer giants. How many rooms do I talk myself out of from fear I don’t belong? That calling you don’t feel prepared or equipped for? That new job, motherhood, marriage, moving to a new city? God created you for this. Instead of laughing at the impossibility, lean into the truth of God’s promises.

In Genesis 2:18 God said that men should not be alone and made a "helper," the greek for helper here is ezer. The Hebrew roots for ezer are power and strength. When ezer is used in scripture, it describes a warrior, leader, provider and deliverer (Psalm 89:19, Psalm 70:5).

If you feel limited wherever you are; Ministry, professional, social or personal roles, know there is a place you are not limited: Jesus’ Kingdom. He calls us ezer. We are made powerful and strong by our Creator.

Ever since Genesis, God has been writing the lives of women from all backgrounds, ethnicities, careers, relationship and social statuses into His divine story for humanity. 

If you are waiting on permission to start climbing the mountain, it’s been given. We all have spiritual gifts and if you feel God is calling you into them, listen, go and act. Sarah was trained to listen to the rational reality of her circumstances, she used cynicism to deflect the promises of a future that seemed out of touch and impossible. God pulled Sarah out of her doubt and perceived shortcomings of the world and into the truth of her identity in Christ.

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Amy Werner

Amy grew up near the mouth of the Appalachian trail in a northeastern town in Georgia. She now lives as a writer and science nerd in our nation’s capital, navigating life as a 20-something obsessed with finding sanctuaries in nature on the edges of the urban hustle of D.C.
This new transition to D.C. has been a season of learning a posture of surrender and peaceful silence found with God even amid the noise of cultural expectations and standards.

Amy is passionate about seeking justice, finding faith in all of life's details and championing young women to see and appreciate their divine value and worth. Amy loves stories, campfires, donuts and strong friendships, often the combination of all these elements equals her happy place.


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