She laughed to herself

Genesis 18: 11-12 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

Sarah does something in this passage that we’ve all done at least once or twice – she doubts a promise that seems to come from God. Sometimes she gets a bad rap for this moment of doubt, but it’s also pretty hard to blame her for it. After all, any honest follower of Jesus has to admit to having doubts now and again. And these doubts really often just demonstrate that our brains and hearts are working properly.

The popular theologian Timothy Keller says, “A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen to her own doubts, which should be discarded only after long reflection.” So let’s spend some time in reflection today. What are your doubts? Write them down if you want. Speak them out loud (to yourself or to others). What are they? Listen to them today.