We’re using a narrative lectionary (http://www.workingpreacher.org/narrative_faqs.aspx) this year at The Peoples Church. Ideally, we’ll hit a number of narrative passages throughout the school year, taking us from Genesis through the journeys of the disciples. I’m loving it so far. This week, we reread the story of Sarah laughing at the reminder that she will bear a son in spite of her advanced years.
Best part about this passage for me? Even though she doubts and cynically laughs at God’s announcement, God is still faithful.
God gives even when we don’t believe.
It gives me a ton of hope.
In doubt, there is still the faithfulness of God. It seems like we have this misguided notion that God will only love us, reward us, provide for us or forgive us when we are so holy, religious, and righteous enough to warrant such gifts. This passage reminds me again that I have it backwards.
Sarah actually laughs at God…and God still provides.
Check out this week’s take on this type of faith: