Dear reader, yesterday I posted an article based on book of Esther. This evening I continue with another Biblical woman figure and this time I chose Sarah.
Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” (Genesis 21:6)
There is quite a noticeable difference between Esther and Sarah. As Abraham’s wife, Sarah did not have a comfortable life. Not like Esther who live in the palace and became a queen. Sarah did not have an easy life. She always follows her husband who following God’s leadership. She always traveled as nomad to accompany Abraham. She also did not have a permanent place or structure where they could build a house.
More tough condition is she had been unable to have children. After waiting for years and years, hoping, and praying, she still does not have children. But finally, after they become very old, God 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. Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”(Genesis 18:10-12).
Yet, the book of Hebrews tells us that she settled conviction in the Lord and in His promise: “And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.”(Hebrews 11:11)
When God, in His own good timing, does eventually bless her to conceive, Sarah’s testimony is a beautiful one: “God hath made me to laugh.” The laugh of unbelief had been turned into a laugh of overflowing, unstoppable joy. She determines that she will, in fact, tell others of her great deliverance so that can rejoice with her.
What can we learn from the Sarah’s story? Sarah’s beautiful and precious testimony! It could be our reminder about God’s faithfulness. With His time, God changed our sadness and distrust become joyfulness and happiness. With His mercies and goodness, He changed something impossible and unthinkable become possible and reasonable.
My dear friends, if we’re currently in a long wait? Are we waiting for the God’s answer through our prayer? Or this time we are in a very difficult situation? Let us always remember to God’s faithfulness through this story. As God promised to Abraham, He also promised to us and with His will and His time, He will give us everything that we need. Amen.
Karina – Woman of faith -
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