Sarah laughed…first, because her heart, her soul, her being, felt that it was too late for God to do what He said He’d do for her…through her…within HER. She laughed because she felt her time had passed. She laughed…in disbelief….
“Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” Genesis 18:12
How many times have we “blown off” or laughed at the promises of God, over our lives, believing that maybe our time was passed…our window of opportunity was closed?
Sarah laughed…feeling as if it could NEVER happen for her. She’d tried to make it happen, you know, cause God said it would…so someway, it had to. Even if she was too old, Abraham was still to be the father of many nations, so Sarah had to MAKE IT HAPPEN, right? God said that Abraham’s seed would come forth, so Sarah “had” to be sure that happened. So, she took matters into her own hands. (reference Genesis 16:2-4)
Often, we try to “help” God bring forth His promises that He made to us. But it never works out the way we plan. Like Sarah (Sarai, at the time), she despised Hagar for doing for her husband what she was unable to do. (see Genesis 6:4-6) But if you recall…or you will read…it was SARAH’S IDEA! Not Abraham’s…not Hagar’s…and certainly NOT God’s! I know I have often tried to do things “my way” and hoped for the results that only God could give, because He made me a promise that ONLY HE could keep. My first mistake” thinking that I can, in anyway, HELP God keep a promise. (Smh…) Like Sarai, I felt as if I’d missed His timing or that He was taking so long that it couldn’t possibly happen for me. And, I mean, recently. I feel that I often try so hard to get things right and organized and “make things happen.” But, I fumble, I fail, I falter…yet, God continues to promise me that “IT” will happen. And my “IT” encompasses so much that I’m all like…”fa real God, you sure you gonna do all this for me??? Through me??? You sure you WANT to do that???” And He’s all like…”Baby girl, let me handle ALL OF IT!!!” So, like Sarah, I laughed, because I always felt that I just wasn’t the one that He “REALLY” wanted to fulfill all these promises through. I mean, I just never felt like “promise worthy” material…ya know? But then, the other day (literally, the other day…like 2 days ago), God settled my spirit and, I LAUGHED! Not just any laugh…but, I laughed as Sarah did in Genesis 21:6
“And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.”
One of those, “He really thought enough of me to let ALL this happen for me…to me..through me…around me???”, laughs. In His own timing, God is fulfilling EVERY promise that He has made to me. Of course, the wait isn’t all cupcakes and tacos (stuff I like…don’t judge me) and it’s easy to get discouraged and feel defeated and want to give up but its so much more rewarding to just wait on the grace and favor of God to kick in and make me “laugh!”
And He wants to make you laugh as well…not the Genesis 18:12 laugh of disbelief and discouragement…but the Genesis 21:6 laugh of gratitude. That laugh of relief because you KNOW that God hasn’t forgotten you. You know…the laugh that makes you question every doubt you’ve ever had about trusting God?! That laugh that you belt out when you KNOW something good is happening? Yeah…that one…..
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” Psalms 8:4
Who are we? NOBODY!…but God thinks SO MUCH of us! Remember, God’s promises are “yea, and in him, Amen.” (see II Corinthians 1:20) That means that His answer to what He promised is “YES!”
And NEVER forget God’s word, according to Isaiah 55:11……
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” The Amplified version of the Bible says: “So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Void: not valid or legally binding.