Don’t be one of the Laughing Duo’s
And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? (Gen. 17: 15-22; 18:12-KJV)
Sometimes as we are approaching a certain age, we feel that it is impossible for God to use us to perform a particular task, mission or prophecy that was spoken over our lives. Our Heavenly Father does not look at age the way we do. He created us for a purpose and plan and as far as he is concerned, it shall be fulfilled, we need to be willing vessels. Have you ever had someone to say something to you which you felt was impossible and you shrugged your shoulders or laughed at them? I am sure that most of us have. What we do not know, however, is whether or not that person was sent from the Father to speak into our lives at that appointed time.
In the above scripture, God was talking to Abraham, not an Angel, or a visitor but God himself. Yet, Abraham wanted God to use Ishmael instead for the promise. That sounds just like us, God why can’t you use someone else, why are you choosing me? Beloved, God knows what he has put into you and me for such a time as this. We do not know all of the treasures that lie within us, but he does. Not only did God make Abraham a promise and he is not a man that he should lie, he gave Abraham the exact time that the promise would be fulfilled. Abraham laughed at God, can you believe that he laughed at the God who can do anything except fail. Not only that, he doubted in his heart, God does not want us to doubt his promises in our heart.
After that, Abraham begins to question God because of his age as well as Sarah’s. You would think that he would have been amazed, honored, in expectancy and eager to see God do the impossible, but as some of us may be, he was not – he was skeptical, just like we can be at times.
To make matters worst Sarah laughed also, and God asked Abraham in verse 18:13 (KJV) why did she laugh at him, also in verse 18:14 God asked is anything to hard for God? Of course the answer is no, there is nothing to hard for the Lord, so whatever you think that you cannot do for the Lord just know that he is well able to do exceeding and abundantly more than you or I could think or sometimes believe. God is depending on us to serve him in any way that he ask us to and we should not laugh at him thinking he is unable to work through us.
We serve an awesome God let us allow him to be God In Us and we can be willing empty vessels ready to be filled with his glory.