Context (Genesis 11:29-25:18): Sarai (later named Sarah) was the wife of Abraham and traveled with from Ur to Haran. By faith they followed God’s leading to go the Canaan. God promised Abram that he would be the father of a great nation even though he didn’t have any children. Sarai laughed when she heard she would give birth at 90 years of age because she thought she was too old to bear a child. But she she did bear a miracle son and his name was Isaac.
Key Life Learnings:
- God wants us to believe Him at His word even if it seems impossible (Genesis 18:10-15). When Sarah heard the Lord’s messengers promise Abraham that she would have a son at 90 years of age, she laughed in disbelief. But the messenger challenged her and asked, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Sarah lied and denied that she laughed but God knew. God wants us to believe His promises to us no matter how impossible they may seem to be. He can and will do the impossible.
- Because we fail to believe God for something that doesn’t disqualify us from participating in God’s blessings. (Genesis 21:1-7; Hebrews 11:11). Genesis 21 tells us that although Sarah laughed at God’s promise, God did bless her with a son and Sarah acknowledged her laughter of disbelief had been turned into the laughter of joy of having a son. Hebrews 11 tells that Sarah was considered a woman of great faith to have conceived Isaac in her old age. So God redeemed Sarah from her unbelief to become a woman of great faith. God wants to do that for us to, even if we have not believed God for a miracle in the past, He wants to build our faith in the present to trust Him to do great things.
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