I Did Not Laugh
by Tyora Moody
It’s really easy from the standpoint of a reader to judge the characters. If you read quite a bit of fiction or even find yourself engrossed in an exciting television series like Heroes or CSI, you might find yourself judging from afar. Why did the character do that? What was their motivation?
Let’s read about the actions of one woman, tired and weary of what seemed to be the impossible.
VERSES: Genesis 18:9-14
“Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.
“There, in the tent,” he said.
Then the LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
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.”
Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
I did not laugh. Why did Sarah stand right there and tell that lie?
In the passage above Sarah was not a character, but was a real woman who lived a couple a thousand years ago. Her existence along with her husband Abraham still reverberates to this current day in the Middle East their children’s ancestors, Ishmael and Isaac battle. I talked a little about this decision in an earlier Taste and See.
The events of this passage happened years after Ishmael’s birth on one long hot afternoon perhaps. Abraham looked up to find three visitors coming towards him. Being a hospitable man, he put his household into action to make these visitors at home. There feet were probably dusty and their throats parched from wherever they had traveled.
Soon Abraham will find these men had a very special message for him. Be reminded, this was not a message that was foreign to his ears. God had told him on many occasions he and his wife Sarah would produce offspring together as a couple.
By this time, Sarah has heard this same promise several times. Out of sight from the visitors she threw her silver streaked head back and laughed. Weary tears of waiting for a lifetime probably flowed through her laugh lines down into the wrinkles of her face.
She was too old to become a mom.
If we saw her today, she may be painfully driving a car slowly down the street or in the church pew dressed in her Sunday best, in the mothers of the church corner of course. Like her we might have thrown our heads back to laugh too!
No way would this woman ever have a child.
How easily we judge others? Even more incredibly is how easily we judge our own circumstances, placing God in some box, forgetting He is Creator of the Universe. Created the whole wide world in seven days, yes he did.
So how is it when, like Sarah, instead of continuing to trust, we instead laugh. Maybe God promised you something and because of the passage of time, you doubt you actually heard him now. Maybe you heard what you wanted to hear.
Sometimes when circumstances seemed to stay the same, it wears you down. All you see is the glass is half-empty. Scared, instead of running to God, you fall face first into sin, like Sarah.
Before you fall into discouragement, shed another tear or laugh at the sheer ridiculousness of it all, remember God is faithful.
Remember, he had the last laugh.
Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.– Genesis 21: 1-3
Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” — Genesis 21: 6
Praise you Lord for having a sense of humor that topples all human logic.
Verses to Meditate on This Week:
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. –Hebrews 11:1
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. — Isaiah 55:9