Sarah’s Doubt

It is easy to look back on conduct and judge harshly with post-event bias; hindsight is 20-20, they say. Sarah provides a great example of this phenomenon. In Genesis 18, the aged matriarch of a chosen people and a blessed Seed had conceded to a destiny of barrenness. One struggles to imagine the shock of the angels’ visit to the ancient couple but the notion that a nonagenarian would conceive was just beyond the pale of reason. So, Sarah laughed, and then was afraid.
When Abraham voiced skepticism about the possibilities of Sarah’s impending pregnancy, the angel’s response was, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14). Well, is there?
Let’s turn the pages of history to the present and make some observations? When Jesus states bluntly, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you” (Luke 17:6), do you believe it? If we do, why do we determine to find contentment in inactivity? When Paul confides, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13), do you believe it? If we do, why do we find every “reason” in the book as an excuse for our lethargy? When some silly preacher challenges you, saying, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31), where does that smug scoffing coming from? If we submit to the Lord, can we not accomplish all He wishes?
Frankly, Sarah was quite brave and exceptionally submissive (1 Peter 3:5-6). Sarah was willing to embrace her momentary lapse of faith and turn it into praise to God (Genesis 21:6-7). Sarah’s doubt was temporary; is ours? What we could do through Christ if we believed!