There are moments in life when we feel the ways of God seem nearly impossible to endure. The wife of Abraham, Sarah, had her own struggles with seeing God’s plan unfold too. However, she demonstrated pleasing faith, in that she “…judged him [God] faithful who had promised” (Heb. 11:11b). Although she laughed within herself at the promise of her son, she eventually understood the meaning of what God had spoken. Her laugh of doubt turned into laughter of joy (Gen. 21:6). The birth of Isaac brought a new dynamic into the household of Abraham. Bullinger suggests a powerful application for Christians to consider: “It corresponds with the introduction of the New nature in the believer today. Ishmael corresponds with the Old nature, which, when the New nature comes, it finds possession… and rouses to greater life and strength.”[1]

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[1] E.W. Bullinger. Great Cloud of Witnesses in Hebrews Eleven. (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregal, 1979), 185.

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