Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

– Genesis 18:13-14 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

We could erroneously think that people in the Bible were primitive and superstitious, therefore it was easier for them to believe what God was telling them. The Scripture actually paints a different picture. Sarah’s laughter was a nervous reaction to a promise from God that she saw as preposterous. Have a child at her age? Impossible! Yet when Sarah had her child, she named him Isaac – which means “laughter”. The irony of Isaac is good news for us, for God is in the business of turning the laughter of skepticism into the laughter of joy. All things are possible for God.

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