Sarah Week 5 – Laughing all the way

Sarah Week 5

Good afternoon Mummy Meditators! We are nearing the final stretch of our time with Sarah.  And what a journey it has been so far.  Things are starting to near completion and we see God step in to remind Sarah and Abraham of the promises He made to them.  Last week He gave them both new names for a new season, and this week we were looking at the following verse:

“So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” Genesis 18:12

Using our own logic

My first reaction to this verse was “fair play!”.  If I was 80-90 years old, had been barren all my life, and then overheard a conversation where someone said I was going to get pregnant, I am pretty sure my reaction would have been the same.  I would have had a little chuckle to myself and carried on whatever I was doing.  Sarah’s reactions are probably what has protected her from facing up to the pain of childlessness all theses years – if you don’t entertain the possibility that it might happen then you won’t feel let down when it doesn’t.  But what does this reaction actually speak to us about – Sarah’s lack of faith.

do we actually believe?

God had made a promise to Abraham that he would be a great nation, and yet here is Sarah still not believing that God has the power to do that through her.  She has witnessed God’s protection on her over her life (think about the plagues God sent on the countries where Abraham had pretended she was his sister) and they have been blessed with wealth enough to no have enough space to continue living near Lot (Genesis 13:2-9).  But in Sarah’s head this physical problem was just too big for God to break in to.

What things do we do this with?  I know for myself that I accept God works to bring about opportunities for the gospel to be spoken and in things like job interviews and our personal finances, but I sometimes struggle to see that he can heal or work in other ways.  I know that I am learning a lot about God as I go along, but sometimes the ordinariness of the world and its boundaries stops me from seeing the extra-ordinariness of God and his ability to break through those boundaries.

learning from sarah’s mistakes

When we read the whole passage of Genesis 18:1-15 we see that just after laughing, God confronts her and Sarah is so ashamed of her doubt that she lies to try to cover it.  If we learn anything from this verse then let it be to be honest with God when we are doubting.  God wants an intimate relationship with us, and lying breaks down intimacy.  If we humbly come to God and tell him that we are struggling to trust that he will fulfill this promise, then he can help us with that.  But if we lie or avoid praying about it then it will drive a wedge between us and God.

Sometimes life will batter us down, and failure after failure will leave us doubting that God can work in our situation.  But take hope from the knowledge that He kept His promise to Abraham and Sarah.  Yes it took a lot of years, but would we even take notice of this story if it hadn’t???  What God is doing in and through you might take many many years, but rather than getting discouraged, just think about how much more amazing the answer to your prayer will be when it comes!

Next week

The lovely Naomi from The Organised Life Project will be finishing off our series on Sarah, as we see what God finally does in this amazing story! We will be looking at the following verse:

“Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as He had said and the Lord did for Sarah what He had promised.  Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.”  Genesis 21:1-2

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One thought on “Sarah Week 5 – Laughing all the way

  1. Homer Les says:

    “If we learn anything from this verse then let it be to be honest with God when we are doubting. God wants an intimate relationship with us, and lying breaks down intimacy. If we humbly come to God and tell him that we are struggling to trust that he will fulfill this promise, then he can help us with that.”

    So very true! Let’s face it, being vulnerable and honest is not our first choice but God knows us inside and out so we cannot hide from Him. When we are truthful with Him He can take away our blindness and we can see Him and His love clearly. This is the bedrock of intimacy. It is in this place of humility before Jesus that we begin to realize just how far away from Him we are and just how deep His love for us goes. We so are want to think that God only is into the spectacular and fail to realize that intimacy with Him occurs only in the quiet, hidden place where we are alone and vulnerable with Him. I encourage all who read this to take it to heart. God is longing for your quiet words of brokenness, your aches and your failures. He wants to take you in His arms and let you know He loves you and He is enough…if you will let Him. It is your choice.

    Thank you for this article.

    Homer Les

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