I’m sure you’ve all encountered people who claim the Bible is full of contradictions. Many who make that statement have never really read it and only do so because they’ve heard others say it. You know people like that, right? They like the little clichés others use and adopt them thinking it will make them look clever. It reminds me of one of my favorite jokes about the country girl at a dance who saw a city girl’s turn-off line with those fellows she didn’t care to dance with. She would tell them: “I’m sorry; I can’t dance with you because I’m contemplating matrimony.” Because it worked, the country girl decided to use the same line whenever she wanted to turn down someone’s dance offer. The problem was that she heard it wrong and this is the way she said it: “I’m sorry; I can’t dance with you because I’m constipated from macaroni.”
From time to time, all who read the Bible will come across scriptures that may seem contradictory. One verse I used to have trouble with which seemed to be a contradiction is Hebrews 11:11, which says: By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Back in the 18th Chapter of Genesis, however, Sarah obviously doubted the first time she overheard the angel of God tell Abraham that she would bear a child in her old age. From just inside the tent, she laughed within herself because of the absurdity of a 90 year old woman bearing a child. Since God knows the heart, the angel asked Abraham why Sarah had laughed. She, in fear tried to deny it, but the angel said “No, but you did laugh.”
How does one explain Sarah laughing in unbelief at God’s promise and later the Book of Hebrews using her as an example of great faith? The answer is simple. If she did not fully believe at the onset, she totally believed once she realized that the One speaking even knew her thoughts, plus she also heard him declare this eternal truth: “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Even people of great faith sometimes struggle with things they don’t understand or can’t make sense of. We must remember we don’t have to. All we need to do is trust God. A line from an old favorite gospel song of mine said it this way: “I don’t need to understand; I just need to hold His hand.”
Memory verse for the week: (2 Corinthians 5:7) For we walk by faith, not by sight.