There are two fascinating stories within this passage of scripture. The first revolves around the naming of Isaac. Sarah laughed out loud in unbelief when the Lord said that she would have a child even in her old age. That’s why he had declared in Chapter 17 that his name would be Isaac which means “laugher”.
The second story revolves around God’s judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham questioned if God would allow the righteous to suffer His judgment along with the unrighteous. A question that many Christians ask today. Here are the two key verses within both of these stories.
Gen. 18:14 “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?”
LESSON - Sarah laughed because she could only see her limitations regarding childbirth. She refused to consider the power of The One who had given them the promise of the child. Abrahams faith was revealed when in response to that promise of Isaac, he asked the question in Chapter 18. The answer to the question is very simple. NO!!
V23, 25 “And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
LESSON - There’s a big difference between the consequences of living in a sinful world and God’s divine judgment. Bad things happen to ALL people because we live in a sinful-fallen world, but judgment is different. When God pronounces His judgment, no man can withstand it. It is for this reason we see God protecting His people during those Biblical episodes of His judgment. Once again Abraham asked questions for which he already knew the answers. Will God always do right, especially unto His own people. YES!!
The two attributes of God that we should be mindful of during times of trouble are:
1. He is Omnipotent - He can do ANYTHING within the parameters of His own Holiness.
2. He is Immutable - He is unchanging and will always do that which is right because He is Holy.