Laughter

John Koedyker

READ : Genesis 17:15-19
Genesis 18:10-15

Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh . . . ? Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (18:13-14, niv)

Laughter is usually a good thing. When I first entered the ministry a veteran pastor said to me, “John, never lose your sense of humor!” Good advice, indeed; “Laughter is the best medicine.”

But in this case, it is not quite what God was looking for from Abraham and Sarah. God wanted faith. And faith was becoming harder and harder for them. At first faith meant obeying the call of God to go to another land. Being nomadic people, that wasn’t too difficult. But now, to believe this repeated promise of a son after so many years of fruitless waiting—that was incredible. Both of them balk at the impossibility. Abraham asks, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old?” (17:17, niv). Likewise, Sarah says with a laugh, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?” (18:12, niv).

But the Lord answers both of those questions—and all of ours as well—when he asks, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” The answer, of course, is “no.” As the angel said to another amazed mother-to-be, “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37, niv). Our God specializes in the impossible! (Romans 4:17).

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for being the God of the impossible. Help us never to underestimate your power to work miracles. Amen.