Sarah:The Hopeless Laugh of An Aged Matriarch.

In the book of Genesis, Both Abraham and Sarah were both old and had reason to give up hope. Sarah was childless and was unable to conceive children but as we know from scripture God defies human limitations. When we think all hope is lost he can turn the tables and surprise us.

Genesis 18:10-15 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” 

Sarah laughed like any of us would be tempted to, after pain and disappointment one after the other was stacked so high life a month of bills she basically laughed and said, “Sorry Mr Angel of the Lord I have lost too much hope so lol, it’s not happening.”

Yet for anyone in that spot we deeply want to be wrong. We may laugh when we hear about the goodness of God or the things he wants to do with our lives but our cynicism seems to creep up and say, “That can never happen.”

All she ever knew was to be barren, so the idea of laughing and cherishing children seemed like a mirage. However, God keeps His promises. And in Christ we have total forgiveness for our sins and the assurance he will “work all things together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Want to hear something mind blowing? He loves people who do not even love him yet or have yet to know him! That is why Christ came to die and pay for every wrong thing we did, thought, said or been entangled in so we could be adopted as God’s children.
“This is how God demonstrates his own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us”. Romans 5:8

We do not enter into that by works or good deeds but we must like Abraham and Sarah believe God.

Romans 4:18-21 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 

Romans 4:3-8 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are thosewhose transgressions are forgiven,whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” 

Galatians 3:6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 

Do not give up on God or if you do not know him yet do not give up trying to find him. He rewards those who “diligently seek him” Hebrews 11:6

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 

God eventually gave Sarah and Abraham what he promised and they waited long and got tempted to get discouraged because they were very old, old as in beyond the big 9 0 point. Do not limit God for he specializes in the impossibilities. The key question is: Will we trust him enough to follow?


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