Sarah laughed at God

January 18, 2018

Genesis 18:9-15… And they said to him, “Where is Sarah, your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” 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. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 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 and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?” “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time, I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” But, Sarah denied it saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

            This was the final time that the Lord told Abraham that he would have a child. This time, Sarah heard it. She responded as a woman might respond; she was doubtful and even considered the comedic element of the announcement. She laughed at the thought of Abraham performing at his age and her bearing a child at her age.

            In this exchange, we see Sarah responding with doubt and even lying to God. Could this have been a deal breaker? Could the Lord have said, “This isn’t going to work; I will find another couple.” ? But, just as he had said, Sarah did have a son a year later. His name was Isaac and he was the son of promise, through whom God would raise up a nation of people. When I have read this in the past, I have considered the lack of faith on the part of Sarah, and that it could have changed the plan of God. But, it didn’t and, in fact, it was mentioned in the New Testament.

Hebrews 11: 11… By faith, Sarah herself received the power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.

            “By faith…” Sarah was not disqualified from the plan of God because of her doubt. From this we learn about God and faith. First, God is patient with us; He created us. Secondly, faith is not destroyed by our doubts. “He is faithful.”