Abraham, Sarah, & Isaac • Devotion #5: Sarah’s Response
Jen Combs | Women’s Ministry
“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.’” Genesis 18:9-15
The story of the Lord coming to Abraham and telling him that Sarah will become pregnant and have a child are what make for my nightmares. Josh and I have five kids ranging from 14 to 4. We had babies young, and I am now 36, I cannot even imagine having a child at the age Sarah was in this story. You hear people talk of little “surprises” happening when they are in their late 40’s. Guys, these are the things that keep me up at night. People constantly ask us if we are going to have any more kids, my standard answer is, “No, Lord willing. But I also know, He has a sense of humor.”
All joking aside, this is such a real-life example of what the Lord does in our lives. There is so much in just these few short verses. It would take a few devotions to pick it all apart. You have a lady who was told by the Lord that she would be fruitful and multiply. Now she is 90 years old, and it has not happened. I am sure she was questioning whether or not she heard the Lord right. I am sure she had lost hope. I am sure she was heartbroken. I am sure she lost faith a time or two. Ever lose hope before? Have you questioned whether or not what God said was true? Have you found yourself heartbroken over something you could not change? Did you lose faith?
Now the Lord came and told her what she had wanted for years is finally going to happen, and she laughs! I do not judge her at all for this response. She is thinking to herself, “It is a complete impossibility.” Read the verses, it says right there, she does not have her period, and she is too old for sex with her husband. I would be laughing, too. Then I think the seriousness of her denial sinks in a bit, and she is afraid. She has seen firsthand what the Lord can do and realized that it is, in fact, a possibility. It was not in her timing. It definitely was not convenient. It definitely caused some anxiety.
Why do you think the Lord waited until she was 90 to fulfill this promise to Abraham and Sarah? The Bible talks about everything happening for the glory of the Lord. He chose to perform an outright miracle for this couple. There was no other way that this pregnancy was going to be explained except that the Lord made it happen. I know that we all have had times in our lives, where the Lord does not exactly work in our timing, He does not always choose to do things the way we would like. But we have to rest in knowing that He knows best, He has got it all under control, He receives glory in some funky ways (90-year-old pregnant lady?), and that He does, in fact, love us.