Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Genesis 21:6-7 Who, But God

Genesis 21:6-7: And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

The text now presents us with the new Sarah. Here is a rejoicing woman for God has provided her with laughter. He has caused her to laugh and her friends to laugh with her. Here is a woman who has been sad for a very long time because she could not bear children and God now gives her son and brings laughter to her life.

Those of us who have gone through long periods of despair and have experienced the hand of God interfering positively in our lives, can understand the joy that Sarah must have felt giving birth to Isaac. Sarah is filled with awe as she asks, “Who, but God, would have ever imagined saying to Abraham that I would be able to nurse children and bear him a son in my old age?” We do not know for sure to whom Sarah actually said this but we do know she expects everyone to hear of it. What a testimony Sarah had for her circle of relatives and friends. What a story to share.

The amazing part of Sarah’s story goes beyond her giving birth at an old age. Sarah considered it a miracle that she was able to nurse her baby boy. Once again, God not only performs the miracle, but He equips us to deal with the outcome of His involvement. Sarah’s God is our God today. He can turn our depression into joy and He wants to, in His time, and in His way. Are we listening? Can we trust Him? Will we wait patiently with hope?

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