Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 20-21
This week’s memory verse:
(20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;Romans 4:20
(1) And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. (2) For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.Genesis 21:1-7
(3) And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. (4) And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.(5) And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.
(6) And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.
(7) And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.
This an incredible passage for a few reasons.
- God’s promise fulfilled.
The promise was made, and in this verse we see the promise being kept. God visits Sarah as he said and made it so that she could conceive. She conceived, carried, and bore a son to Abraham!
- Their old age.
Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born. This is a miracle. God did something incredible. Is anything impossible for the Lord. Certainly not!
- The child’s name.
Isaac’s name means laughter. Sarah had laughed at God’s promise in unbelief. Now she was laughing for joy that she had a child. She believed that others will laugh in joy for what God had done for her. How ridiculous was it that someone her age would have and nurse a child? God did the “impossible”.
The fact that God fulfilled His promise when He did grew their faith, brought them joy, and serves as an example to us. We can see that God always keeps His promises in the example of Abraham and Sarah, and that helps us to trust God when we don’t understand what is going on in our own lives.
God, thank you for the joy that is available to us when we expereince your promises fulfilled in our lives. Help me to trust you when it is difficult. Amen.