“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.”
She was promised to be a mother of not just a son, but of nations.
“And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.”
She had her name changed by God before she received the promised child.
When God changes the name of one of His children, it is for a distinct and special purpose that He is working within their lives.
“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.”
When Abram was 99 years old when the Lord appeared unto him and changed his name to Abraham, and Sarai to Sarah.
“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?”
She was ninety years old. Her husband was one hundred years old.
Both of them laughed when they were told what God had promised.
“Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”
Within the laughter, God saw there was doubt.
They both doubted that God could do the impossible.
“And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
Abraham was 86 when Ishmael was born.
They waited 14 years for Isaac.
“And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.”
In her old age, God provided the child He had promised.
The longer she waited, the more of a miracle her situation became.
Sarah serves as an example that not only is there purpose in waiting, but that there is nothing too hard for the Lord.
If He can provide the impossible for Sarah, He is also Able to do so for us.
Isaiah 49-50 | Romans 14 | Psalm 1-2
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