Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Sarah and Isaac

For a quarter of a century Abraham and Sarah waited for their promised son. At times they lost hope. They took matters into their own hands. They messed up. They grew older. They continued to mess up. But God had not forgotten them.

When Abraham was a hundred-years-old and God told Abraham that his promised son would come from Sarah, Abraham fell on his face and laughed. When Sarah was ninety and heard God saying that she would have a child, she, too, laughed to herself. Both had long ago given up hope and had a hard time believing that it could be possible for a couple their age to conceive a child.

But at the appointed time, Sarah bore a son. They named him Isaac, which means “He will laugh.” After they circumcised Isaac, Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.” She also said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.”(Genesis 21:6-7 NKJV)

How eager Abraham and Sarah were to see the fulfillment of God’s promise, but they had to wait until God’s timing to see it come to fruition. All their efforts to take over and speed up the process only complicated the situation. God wouldn’t be rushed. He knew that by waiting until it was physically impossible for Sarah to conceive, all would recognize the miracle of the birth of Isaac.

When our situation looks hopeless and we assume God’s forgotten us, He shows up in a mighty way and reveals his miraculous power.

I pray today that God will bless you with unexpected joy in an extraordinary way.

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  1. Thank you for sharing!

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