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
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
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
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”
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
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
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
We MESS UP on our Timing.
*Saying the WRONG thing at the WRONG TIME
*Investing when the Market is UP and withdrawing when the