“God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”
Genesis 18:1-15; Genesis 21:1-6
One day Sarah was sitting in the shade of the tent, fanning herself to cool off. The sun was blazing, and it was too hot to work outside. The camels were sleeping in the shade, and the sheep were gathered around the cool water of the well.
Abram came running in to the tent.
“Sarah! Visitors are coming! Call the servants! Fetch water so that our visitors can wash, and prepare some bread for them to eat. I will slaughter a calf, and we will give them a place to rest from the heat.”
The men sat down to eat and rest.
“Where is your wife, Sarah?” the visitors asked Abram.
“She is in the tent,” replied Abram.
“In exactly one year your wife Sarah will have a son,” said the visitor.
Sarah couldn’t help but laugh! Was this a joke? She was already 90 years old. That’s too late to start a family.
“I am old, but Abram is even older than I am,” Sarah said to herself. “We won’t be able to raise a child at this age.”
The visitor entered into the tent.
“Why do you laugh, Sarah? Is anything too hard for the Lord? In exactly one year I will visit you again, and then you will have a son.”
The Lord was gracious to Sarah, and He fulfilled His promise. In their old age, Sarah and Abraham got a son and they named him Isaac.
“God has brought me laughter and He has restored my joy!” Sarah said. “Everyone who hears about the birth of my son will celebrate with me!”
Abraham and Sarah lifted their son toward God, and thanked Him for his faithfulness.
Discover: God brings us joy.
Memorize: “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” Genesis 21:6