Laugh with God
Posted: Monday, January 9
Verse of the day:
And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me.” ( Genesis 21:6 NLT)
“If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.” — Groucho Marx
The story in Genesis 18 sounds like the set up for a good joke. God sends a tweet to an 89-year-old woman. #It’sABoy #PregosIt’s meant to be outrageous. If God wanted to be discreet, He could have granted this pregnancy 50 years earlier. Unexpected was the intention. How does Sarah respond?
Sarah laughs at God. She doesn’t believe it’s true. She doesn’t believe it’s possible. In Genesis 18, Sarah’s laughter is a combination of pain from the past and doubt for the future. She laughs at God, and God corrects her.
“Why did Sarah laugh? … Is anything too hard for the Lord?” // Genesis 18:13-14a
One year later, Sarah laughs again.
“Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!” // Genesis 21:7
Unexpected was the intention. God didn’t want to be discreet. He knew the plan sounded like the set up for a good joke, and one year later, Sarah got the joke. In Genesis 21, Sarah’s laughter is a combination of healing from the past and joy for the future. She laughs with God, and God laughs along.