by Tammy Karasek
Today we look at another hero–Sarah, wife of Abraham. Some may not think of Sarah as a hero, but I’d like to have us reconsider that!
“By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.” Hebrews 11:11 (ESV)
Sarah had faith in the One who promised her a child. In Genesis 17:16, God tells Abraham that he will bless Sarah and give Abraham a son from whom nations and peoples will come from. Abraham’s response?
“Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, ” (Genesis 17:17) God explains when it will happen and what they shall name this son, “and you shall call his name Isaac. (Genesis 17:19b).
Then the Lord leaves Abraham’s presence.
Again, the Lord returns to speak to Abraham. Sarah remains in the tent and listens as God repeats that this time next year, she will be with child. But Abraham is 100 and Sarah is 90 years old. You and I know that this statement of being with child this time next year was, well, a strange thought to say the least. Our sister Sarah thought the same thing! Genesis 18:12 says: “So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, ‘After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?’”
Stop right there!
I’m going to go out on a limb here with this, so stick with me! I’m not going to change scripture. But I’d like us to think of this in a way that maybe we haven’t before. I’m going to put myself in Sarah’s shoes. I’m old now (not as old as Sarah!) and physically my body doesn’t “work” like that any longer either. If I were to hear the Lord speak this over me after longing for a child all those years, I have to admit I’d laugh a bit too. I’d probably think, now—NOW—you want to give me a child? Now, Lord, when I can’t easily run and play with a child? When bending down to pick the child up may be more difficult? Now you want to bless me with a child? Ladies, that’s where my mind would have gone. So we have not given poor Ms. Sarah any credit. We have often given her a bad rap, maybe called her unfaithful. But perhaps it was more of the initial shock. I say that because if you read up top where I started us off with Mr. Abraham’s response when he first heard the Lord say it: “He fell on his face and laughed…” Wait, WHAT? Abraham laughed at first, too!
Yet let’s also look back at what else the Lord told Abraham at that first conversation. God told Abraham they would have a child and his name would be Isaac. Guess what Isaac means? You’re gonna love this…he laughs! Yep, God knew they would laugh! He knows everything.
Despite the shock of the announcement of the longed for child, Sarah was faithful to her God, as she knew He fulfilled his promises.
Let’s go back to the story. Genesis 21 starts with the fulfillment of that promise. In verse 6a Sarah says, “God has made laughter for me.” Pure joy is now in Sarah’s heart as she was faithful to her God and believed.
What about you? Is there something in your life about which you need to just relax and trust God to fulfill what He has promised? I know I can relate to Sarah in so many ways and my takeaway from Sarah is just what God said to Abraham in Genesis 18:14a: “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
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