by Ruth Owen
Genesis 18:1-16 So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?”
Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”. (V.12-14)
One of the most horrible things I’ve ever heard someone say is that “You’re not cured because you don’t have enough faith.” As if there is some sort of spiritual gas gauge, where if you reach three-quarters full you’ll be blessed. This is particularly cruel when someone is suffering. Not only are they in pain, but it’s all their fault.
But look at Sarah. She’d spent so many years hoping for a child that she was out of faith. Her worn-out body could no longer carry a baby. She was so sure of her future that when she heard God say she would have a child, she laughed at Him. Her laugh was internal, but that didn’t stop it from being a flat-out “Lord, you are a complete idiot” guffaw. She did not believe. She did not have faith. And the Lord gave her a child anyway.
Faith means believing that God has a plan for you, even when you don’t understand. You are blessed. You are cherished. Even if you laugh.
used by permission of Bible Reading Fellowship