|Our focus today is on God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah that she would bear a son. The Lord told Abraham He was going to give him a son, and this son would start a generation that would outnumber the sand on the shore and the stars in the sky combined. In faith, Abraham believed God. It took this 75-year-old man 25 years to receive this promise! It’s a long time to wait for us — but not for God.
It had been 25 years since Abraham received the promise, and God visited Abraham and told him, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Since Sarah served and prepared the food, she was hiding behind the tent. What did Sarah, who was well beyond child-bearing age, do? She laughed in response to God’s words. He asked, “Why did you laugh?” Can anything be impossible for God? Is there anything God cannot accomplish? God confirmed His promise to Sarah and Abraham. Because she was afraid, she lied and said, “I did not laugh,” and God said, “Yes, you did laugh.” The Bible literally says that.
Friend, she gave birth to a son. She made a joke about a 90-year-old woman nursing a baby, which is funny in Hebrew, and she laughed. Her laugh got louder, and she was excited because God had blessed her with this child. She named the baby Yitzhak — Isaac, which means “he laughs” in Hebrew. We can see that this name was chosen as a reminder of the joy and laughter that filled Sarah’s heart when she gave birth to the baby. It is a beautiful reminder of the miraculous power of life and a reminder of God’s promises to us.