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A Good Thing - Apr. 29, 2011

  • 2011 Apr 29
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Day 29 ThemeWomen of faith

Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me– Genesis 21:6

Sarah did not have an easy life. Her husband Abraham traveled as a nomad, following God’s leadership, until his death. She therefore had no permanent place, plot, or structure where she could make a home and call it her own.

More difficult still, she had been unable to have children with her husband Abraham. After years and years of waiting and hoping and praying, they were still a barren couple. Finally, as she and her husband became very advanced in years, God did appear and promised Abraham that Sarah would conceive and bare him a son.

By this time, and especially at this age, the idea was so ludicrous and unthinkable to Sarah that she laughed in unbelief at the promise of the Lord, when it was delivered (Genesis 18:9-15). Yet, the book of Hebrews tells us that her settled conviction became one of trust in the Lord and in His promise:

“Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised” (11:11).

When God, in His own good timing, does eventually bless her to conceive, Sarah’s testimony is a sweet one: “God hath made me to laugh.” The laugh of unbelief had been turned into a laugh of overflowing, uncontainable joy. She determines that she will, in fact, tell others of her great deliverance so that they can rejoice with her.

May Sarah’s precious testimony be a reminder to us of the faithfulness of God that, in His own good time, He turns our sorrow and unbelief into joy and exultation at the mercy and goodness of God.

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