Genesis 18: 13-15
“13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
God had promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have descendents. God didn’t just promise them two or three descendents, God promised that they would have more descendents than the sky had stars. Yet, in their old age, Sarah had never been pregnant. They began to ask themselves how were they to have descendents if they never had a child? Their doubts began to consume them.
Finally, three angels visited them and told Abraham that Sarah would have a child. Sarah laughed to herself but her laugh was overheard. And they asked Abraham why Sarah laughed?
They also asked the rhetorical question, “Is anything too hard for God?”
The answer is, of course, no. In Abraham and Sarah’s case, we know how things turned out. They had a child. They had descendents. The descendents founded a nation. And from that nation came the Son of God.
Sometimes we doubt God. We wonder why God lets us struggle and worry. We wonder why there is so much chaos in the world; why there is so much violence; why the innocent suffer. When this happens, we should remember our faith. And remember Abraham and Sarah…..and Isaac.
May the love of Christ be with you
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)