So, Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, am I to have pleasure, my lord being old also?” But the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I actually give birth to a child, when I am so old?’ Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” – Genesis 18:12-14
When Sarah, wife of Abraham, overheard God tell her husband that within one year she would bear a child she, well, chuckled a bit. But, can you blame her? She was an elderly woman with an elderly husband. The pain of childlessness had long ago moved into resignation. Even though Sarah was probably aware that God had promised to make Abraham into a great nation, she could not have imagined it would ever be through her. “Really? Through me?”
How are you doing when it comes to God’s promises? Are you still believing that God can and will do what His Word has guaranteed? Or have you moved beyond hope, to resignation and even despair?
Sarah’s silent “chuckle” became laughter and joy within the providential purposes of God. Perhaps, the details of you life will not match what you had planned or intended, but do they ever? Remember the words of Paul to the Ephesians, “… we are [God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).”
Do you belong to Christ? There is a plan and, yes, it will be accomplished through you! Believe.
Christianity is as hard as nails. Hard and tender at the same time. It’s the blend that does it; neither quality would be any good without the other. – C. S. Lewis