God justifies the ungodly. Sarah laughed and lied.


Rom 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness

It seems that Sarah is a model of godliness and faithfulness in the following account.

Hebrews 11:11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

But when we cross reference this with the account in Genesis we see that Sarah laughed at God.  Not only that, but she denied laughing by lying to God.  God said  “No, but you did laugh!”   This is pretty bad isn’t it?

Genesis 18:9 Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” So he said, “Here, in the tent.” And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.)  Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” And the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’  Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.  And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”

Despite Sarah’s laughing and lying the Bible’s account in the 1 Peter 3 has no record of her faults but only how Sarah obeyed Abraham by calling him lord.

1 Peter 3:6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord

This is very important because it shows us the amazing grace of God who omitted Sarah’s faults while highlighting the one good thing she said.  You see, we must realize that even our believing, our faith, our obedience …. is simply never good enough. It is never the strength of our faith or the perfectness of our believing that makes us right with God.

Who does God justify?  Is it the godly or ungodly?  Sarah was ungodly but she believed that God was faithful despite her wrongs.  She qualified for her miracle baby not because of her goodness but because of God’s goodness.


About the Author Guy Right

Guy is a homeschool father to five and has been married for over two decades to the same woman, He has a deep passion for the WORD and can be seen studying and emailing encouragement to others using the WORD deep into the night. He works in international real estate investments and enjoys the work and people he meets globally.

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