Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7 And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
God did as he promised, and Sarah gave birth to a son in her old age. Abraham did what God commanded and his son Isaac was circumcised when he was eight days old. God gave Sarah the gift of laughter, the gift of joy that others would want to share with her. Such blessings they received, as they were obedient in faith.
I wonder if we are not too quick to disbelieve God’s goodness, and too quick to turn away from the blessings God is ready to give. We pray but don’t believe God will answer our prayers. We ask much of God but we don’t obey what God asks of us. Abraham and Sarah remind me that as God is ready to bestow upon us joy and blessings, God is also asking us to follow his commands. We can’t expect one without the other.
Lord, Jesus has promised that in him we may live life more abundantly. Sarah shows us that it may be a life of laughter and joy. That joy may take some time to become evident, but let me not give up on you. Let me keep being faithful, keep endeavoring as best I may to live according to your word, and keep trusting in you. You do bring laughter and joy and blessings – help me perceive it and share it, to the glory of your name. Amen.