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Summary: Throughout our lives, we encounter both triumphs and tragedies. Victories and struggles. In all of them, God’s grace is constant, as we will see through the child God gives Sarah, the comfort God gives Abraham, the water God gives Hagar, and the Salvatio

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Events can change IN A MOMENT. Our emotions can go from the top of the world to

the bottom of the barrel in flash of time.

The year was 1986. By now, the launch of the Space Shuttle was news but not like it was

during the first few launches. This launch was different because for the first time in

history, a teacher was part of the crew and would conduct class instruction from orbit on

the space shuttle. Out of 11,000 teachers, one was chosen. Her name was Christa

McAuliffe. Students at Concord HS in New Hampshire gathered in the school

auditorium. It was an atmosphere of celebration. McAuliffe was THEIR teacher and she

was a celebrity. But the joy and celebration that filled the school auditorium was

displaced just 73 seconds into the flight of the Challenger. Something had gone terribly

wrong and within minutes it was obvious that everyone on board was killed. The

children’s cheers and party horns went silent, as a day of celebration turned into a day of

mourning.

Throughout our lives, we encounter both triumphs and tragedies. Victories and struggles.

In all of them, God’s care is constant, as we will see in Genesis 21. This section begins

with the joyful celebration of Isaac’s birth, and ends with the sad expulsion of Hagar and

Ishmael. In both parts of the story, God demonstrates his GRACE for those who call

upon him.

God’s Showed His Grace When He Visited Sarah. Gen 21:1-7.

Verse one sa“God was gracious to Sarah.” root meaning = to “attend to with care”

(TWOT)

God fulfilled what he said. God promised in Genesis 17 that a child would be born to

Abraham through Sarah, his wife. Although this was humanly impossible, God

demonstrated his power. As instructed by the Lord, Abraham named his son Isaac. Gen

17:19... “your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish

my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.” (Genesis

17:19)

Sarah gives testimony to God’s faithfulness and power. (21:6-7). She proclaims that God

has brought ME laughter. 21:6. Everyone who hears will LAUGH. 21:7. God did

something impossible for Sarah. Compare 21:7 with Gen 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?”

The details of this part of the story reveals that God was teaching something to Abraham

and Sarah. These lessons are true for us today! Ray Pritchard makes the following

observations in his sermon “God’s Good vs. God’s Best” (Ray Ray Pritchard, “God’s

Good vs. God’s Best,” preached June 1996, www.keepbelieving.org) .

1. They learned that God keeps his word. Gen 21:1 “the Lord did for

Sarah what He had promised...”

2. They learned that God’s timing is always Perfect. This birth

means more now than it would have 25 years ago, or even 75 years

ago.

We MESS UP on our Timing.

*Saying the WRONG thing at the WRONG TIME

*Investing when the Market is UP and withdrawing when the


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