Sarah’s Laughter

Michael Beck

“Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” (Gen. 18:12)

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that a morning of joy is coming. The night of sorrow has lasted so long we have run out of tears. It sure seems our Isaac will not be coming.

Sarah had a wonderful husband. She had a lot going for her. But that child, born from her body, was the one thing she did not have. Under the present circumstances, the prospects of childbirth were zero. “Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.” (Gen. 18:11) When she overheard the strange guest tell her husband, “Lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son,” she couldn’t help laughing. “You’ve got to be kidding me.” But this was no joke – it was God fulfilling His promise.

We can want a thousand things. We should feel free to make our requests known to God. But know this: He works all things after the counsel of His own will. (Eph. 1:11) What He has for us will happen; and what He doesn’t have for us we shouldn’t want. And God has His timing in all things. He loves to resurrect our dreams when we believe they are dead in the water. Don’t underestimate your God. Don’t laugh. You might still have the pleasure of holding your Isaac.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.