When God makes you laugh

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Has God made a promise to you that made you laugh because it was so unbelievable or you thought it was impossible?

Sarah laughed within herself when she overheard God’s conversation with her husband, Abraham, outside their tent. She heard God make a promise that she would have a son (Genesis 18:10).  God had made this same promise to Abraham twenty-four years earlier after Ishmael was born as result of their plan to make the promise come to pass. 

Now is the perfect time to remind you of this: When God gives a word (makes a promise) man does not have to devise a plan to make the promise come to pass based on human ingenuity. God alone is responsible for the fulfillment of every promise that He makes.

When God made the promise to Abraham twenty-four years earlier Abraham laughed in disbelief too. According to Genesis 17:17, he fell on his face and laughed and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is 100 years old?  And shall Sarah, who is 99 years old, bear a child?”  Furthermore, Abraham had the audacity to say to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!”  It was if Abraham was asking God to accept his plan as a substitute for His.

oldcouplelaughing Both Abraham and Sarah laughed because they believed it was impossible for them to conceive due to their age.  They could only see the possibility from a natural perspective.  Seeing from the natural perspective rather than God’s perspective will always cause us to laugh out loud or within our heart.  We have a serious problem with taking God at His word no matter how unbelievable it sounds.

Think about it.  Laughter is a natural response to an unbelievable, unnatural idea. When someone says something to you that sounds absolutely ridiculous how do you respond? Yep! You laugh.  And in the case of Abraham and Sarah, it was their natural response to a promise that was beyond their finite comprehension and wildest imagination.

Not only did Sarah laugh at giving birth in her old age, but she laughed at the “idea” of having pleasure with Abraham in their old age (Gen. 18:10-12).  However, God poses this question: “Is anything too hard for the LORD?”  The answer then and now is emphatically no! What God has spoken will come to pass. Abraham and Sarah found that out.

At the set time of which God had spoken He visited Sarah and she conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age as He said (Genesis 21:1-2).  The laughter that expressed impossibility, disbelief and improbability of the promise was turned into an eternal truth throughout the ages. The birth of Isaac, which means “laughter” resulted in laughter that expressed joy, fulfillment and consolation that answers the question we should declare even now: “With God nothing is impossible!” There is nothing too hard for the LORD!

What has God promised that made you laugh?

If He promised, He will bring it to pass. When the promise is spoken, you will laugh with joy too and declare with confidence that nothing is too hard for the LORD.

A certified Christian counselor, writer, self-published author, committed to encouraging and inspiring others through the power of words, written and verbal.

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