Can you imagine giving birth to a child at the age of 90? Would that make you laugh?
Before you answer, let’s think about that for a minute. Imagine your husband tells you that God promised you not only a child, but uncountable descendants. Imagine that you live in a time and culture that sees you as inadequate and inferior if you do not have a son. Imagine you and your husband have prayed and hoped and trusted God for many years. You’ve tried everything you could think of. Your servant ridicules and harasses you because she has given birth to a son. Your husband insists you will give birth to a son who will establish an everlasting covenant between God and your descendants.
Are you laughing yet? Sarah did when at this point she learned she would give birth to a child within a year.
Sarah laughed – derisively, scornfully. She doubted God. This was impossible. No way. Not now. Not her.
But, within a year Sarah’s derisive, scornful laughter was turned to joyful, rejoicing.
She indeed gave birth to a son who was named Isaac, which means laughter.
God had promised to bless Sarah. He kept His promise. He blessed her with laughter. She had her beloved son and not only was she joyful at the moment of his birth, but her laughter would continue for many years as she watched him grow and become the man God had promised. She was also blessed with respect in her community, with hope for the future and most importantly with a new understanding of how God keeps His promises.
Have you ever doubted God? Are you laughing like Sarah thinking something is impossible? God’s answer to Sarah’s doubt and unbelief was “Is anything too hard for the LORD?”
The answer is a definite, resounding NO! You can trust Him no matter what the obstacles. He keeps His promises. He will turn your scornful laughter into rejoicing. And maybe, in His time, He’ll bless you with laughter too.
Great article! I have nine sons and this did make me laugh but not in a bad way. My sons are truly a gift from God to me and I hope to the world. (I also have 9 daughters but that's beside the point.) God should be trusted. He always knows what's best for us, even if we rebel against Him.