Sarah’s Faith. Sarah had to leave everything she had known and go to unfamiliar territory. She faced this predicament when Abraham told her they would leave the land of Ur. Leaving Ur meant severing ties with her family, not knowing if she would ever see them again, and aimlessly wandering in the wilderness. The first test of Sarah’s faith was to leave her homeland and to go to a place they did not know. Hebrews 11:8 “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”
In faith, Sarah submitted to her husband and followed his lead. It was not just in blind submission, but in submission according to God’s will and purpose. Ephesians 5:22-24 “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.”
Sarah’s laughter of doubt turned to laughter of faith. Sarah had laughed when she overheard that she would bore a son in her old age. Genesis 18:12 “So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?” She even lied when asked by the Lord why she laughed. Genesis 18:15 “Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
Her laughter may have been a sign of weakness and unbelief to what the Lord had said to Abraham. Instead of apologizing to the Lord because of her unbelief, she lied because she was afraid. She strongly held on and greatly believed what God had promised. In Genesis 21:6, Sarah’s attitude in transformed. “Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”
It was not an easy battle that Sarah fought. She fought waves of doubts, fears, and uncertainties in her life to have her faith strengthened. We too can have a life of faith. Our laughter of doubting can be turned into laughter of believing.