And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.” Genesis 21:6
Sarah laughed. She didn’t cry. She didn’t say, “That’s crazy!” She didn’t immediately rejoice in thanks and praise to God. Sarah laughed.
Do you remember the story of Sarah? We meet her early on in our Bibles, right in the book of Genesis. Her name really began as Sarai, meaning “my princess,” and Abraham’s name was Abrahm. Sarai was a very beautiful lady, so beautiful that Abraham told kings she was his sister to protect himself. She actually was his sister, but only a half-sister.
Sarai had an interesting life as God called Abrahm to move. She became accustomed to living in tents and honored Abrahm’s wishes when he requested her silence. Sarai did have one fault: She didn’t trust God to provide her with a child, so she gave her servant Hagar to Abraham. Hagar conceived and bore a son name Ishmael, but He wasn’t God’s chosen heir. Sarai then abused Hagar and Ishmael because she wanted a child (Genesis 16).
Finally, God looked with favor on the elderly couple, sending an angel to announce a baby. Abrahm was given the new name Abraham, and Sarai was given the name Sarah, meaning “princess.” She would no longer be just Abraham’s princess, but the mother of many! When the baby announcement came, Sarah was hiding in the tent. Since she was 90 years old (Genesis 17:17) and thought she’d never have a baby, she laughed at the news (Genesis 18:12). And so her baby was given the name Isaac which means laughter.
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11 (NKJV)
Can you imagine Sarah’s THANKS to God after the birth of Isaac? What would she say?
THANK You, Lord, for this son you have given me in my old age.
THANK You for hearing my prayers from so long ago.
THANK You for forgiving me for my sin in sharing Hagar and then abusing her.
THANK You for taking away my shame and blessing me.
THANK You for watching over us all our lives as we moved from here to there, protecting me from those kings who might have touched me.
THANK You for being the One who formed the stars and Your promise that our children will be as many as the stars (Genesis 15:5).
THANK You again and again for this baby.
THANK You, Oh, Lord, my God. Amen.
Today’s TEA CUPP: Read Sarah’s story in Genesis 18:1-15. Ponder what Sarah might have prayed in THANKSGIVING. What blessings do you have for which to THANK God? This is what the first “T” of the TEA CUPP is all about, giving Him THANKS.
This week underline THANKSGIVING verses in your BIBLE. Put a “T” next to the verses, choosing one to write in your prayer journal. Use this as a conversation starter for your THANKSGIVING prayers. Here are some verses to get you started…
give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near. Psalm 75:1
us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. Psalm 95:2
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15
Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
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