“Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did to Sarah what He had promised…Sarah said, ‘God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me’”. Genesis 21:1& 6 (NIV)
It is very encouraging to read here that God ‘was gracious to Sarah’. Just think, it was the same Sarah who doubted and laughed, whom God now visited for good! Our God is gracious. In as much as He longs to see strong faith develop in us, He does not disown us when it becomes a struggle for us to keep on believing.
Sarah had laughed the year before when the angels reaffirmed God’s promise that this aged woman would bear a son, and that it would be within a year (Genesis 18:9-15). Now I can relate to Sarah’s disbelief. After two decades of hoping against hope, it had become hard for Sarah not to doubt. It was not that she could no longer believe. It was just that she could no longer help doubting.
Beloved, God understands the weariness that comes to our soul from waiting and struggling to keep holding onto His promises to us. But He is gracious. He does not abandon us when we struggle with believing. Listen:
“If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself” 2 Tim 2:13 (NIV)
Sarah said God had brought her laughter. She had been used to people laughing all around her. But it was never with her but at her. For years she had endured the jeers of men because of her obvious barrenness and it seemed at one point that things would never change. But we serve a gracious God who knows how to bring us laughter!
“And she added, ‘Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” ‘ Gen 21:7 (NIV)
Who would have believed that Sarah’s situation could ever have changed? But our God is gracious. He delights to bring us laughter!
Does your situation look impossible? Have you come to the point where it seems foolish to keep on believing that God’s promise to you will ever come to pass? Has it become a struggle for you to believe? Listen, don’t despair, our God is gracious. God has not forgotten you. At the right time He will bring laughter to you too. He knows how to make impossibilities possible. He will cause men to laugh with you too.