This Bible story comes from Genesis 18:1-15 and Genesis 21:1-7.
Abram and Sarai were now known as Abraham and Sarah. God had told them to change their names. They were living in a tent and just as Abraham had before, he sat outside the tent wishing that he and Sarah could have a child. Abraham remembered what God had promised, “I am going to give you children, Abraham.”
This was so long ago Abraham thought. Is God going to keep His promise? Abraham really was hoping so, since this was what he and Sarah both wanted badly.
When Abraham lifted his eyes, he saw three men next to him. He ran to them immediately, and bowed. He asked the men to allow him to get them water to wash their feet and prepare them a meal and drink, while they rest under a tree nearby.
The men agreed and told him to do as he has said.
Abraham hurried back into the tent and told Sarah to prepare three fine meals. He then hurried to the herd and got a calf; the meal was prepared and set before the men under the tree.
It’s obvious these three men are not just any men, since they just appeared. The Bible later explains that two are angels and one a manifestation of God.
The men asked Abraham where his wife Sarah was at and he told them she was there, in the tent.
The men then told Abraham that his wife Sarah would bear a child within a year.
Sarah was listening nearby and knew she had passed the age of child bearing. So, she laughed to herself, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”
The Lord asked Abraham why did Sarah laugh and say she was too old to bear a child. Is anything to hard for the Lord? I will return to you in a year, and Sarah shall have a child. You can always trust in what God says.
God fulfills His promise.
One year later the Lord visited Sarah and He had done what He had promised. Sarah and Abraham had a child, his name was Isaac.
Sarah was 90 years old and Abraham was 100 years old. Sarah was so happy, she laughed. Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.”
This story shows that God always fulfills His promises. It may not be when or how we think He should do it but God’s Word can ALWAYS be trusted. He is in control and it’s never too late for God to fulfill His purpose and promises in You.