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Sarah: Laughs at God
In Hebrews 11, both Abraham and Sarah are mentioned in what is known as the “Hall of Faith” (Hebrews 11:8-12). God had chosen them to be the parents of His chosen people and the ancestors of Jesus Christ himself. When Sarah died (Genesis 23:2) Abraham mourned for her and wept over her. Abraham loved her and grieved over her death, despite the many problems they'd experienced in their lives together.
Sarah’s life with Abraham was a rocky one. Through their long life together, they had had their share of ups and downs. Yet Abraham loved her through it all.
Sarah’s relationship with God was a rocky one as well. She didn’t always understand God’s plan for her life. She wasn’t always as honest or as kind as she should have been. She didn’t always see the big picture or wait on God’s timing. Even though she had her ups and downs, God still had a purpose and a promise for her.
I am amazed at how Sarah's life can resemble our own. We too often have rocky relationships with God. Our faith isn’t always as strong as it should be. Our will power against temptation isn’t always as powerful as it should be. Our testimony is not always as righteous as it should be. Yet through it all, God loves us and longs to be closer to us.
It was when she laughed at God, though, that I can relate to Sarah the most.
Earlier in Genesis God told Abram when he was 99 years old that his name would be Abraham because he would be the father of many nations (Gen 17:5). God also told him that Sarai would become Sarah because he would bless her and give Abraham a son by her (Gen 17:15).
Abraham had heard this promise given by God several times, so when the three visitors told him that he and Sarah would have a son within a year’s time, he probably wasn’t surprised. Sarah, on the other hand “laughed to herself”. How sarcastic and cynical she must have sounded to God when she said, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?” (Gen 18:12)Considering that Sarah often showed a lack of faith, her attitude isn't much of a surprise. When we are not walking closely to God, we will not have the privilege of living close to His power. When we don't trust Him with our desires and disappointments, we won't have enough faith to believe His promises.
“For nothing is impossible with God.”
How can we be guilty of laughing at God?
We are guilty of laughing at God, being cynical or sarcastic with Him when we do not go to him in Prayer, when we do not study, obey, show mercy or share His Word. Even when we have a low self image and doubt our abilities, we exhibit a lack of faith in the power He uses through us.
Do we ever demand to know how He’s going to provide for us instead of completely putting a situation in His hands? Our lack of faith is an insult Him.
The human race in a very demanding one, we want to know what, why, when, where, and how. When God gives us promises that seem out of the realm of possibility, do we say “Yes Lord!” or do we laugh and sarcastically say, “Yeah, right!” “That could never happen to me!” or “I could never to something like that!”
Verse 14 asks, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” The answer, of course, is no! Nothing is too hard for God. Anything is possible. God can do anything!
Do you believe that? Do you believe that God can make a success out of your life? Do you believe that He can sustain your family? A major part of our relationship with God is our belief. He will come through for us, we just have to believe Him.Remember, even though Sarah is known for laughing at God, she is also known for her great faith. Spend some time in prayer today asking God for forgiveness for times when you may have doubted him. Ask Him to strengthen your faith and your confidence in Him.