On November 28, 2008, 70 year old Rajo Devi Lohan gave birth to a daughter, Naveen, in Hissar, India. Medical intervention was required for this birth to occur. In July 2013, at the age of 75, Rajo said her goal was to live to see her daughter marry, which in their culture takes place at age 15.
Of course, the historical record for late life births is held by a 90 year old woman named Sarah, wife of Abraham, who gave birth to a son, Isaac, at Beersheba in Canaan. Divine intervention was necessary for this birth to take place. Sarah died at the age of 127, three years before Isaac was married to Rebekah at the age of 40.
Hebrews tells us that Sarah received strength to conceive “seed” by faith. Chapter 11, verse 11 says that “she gave birth to a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.”
Genesis 11:30 says that Sarai (her original name) was barren. As she and Abram got older and it seemed that God was not going to fulfill His promise to make Abram a father to many nations, Sarai arranged to have a child through her Egyptian servant girl. In my opinion that’s why the writer to the Hebrews says that Sarah “herself also” received strength to conceive seed (11:11).
Thirteen years after Sarai’s servant, Hagar, gave birth to Ishmael, God told Abram that He would “bless [Sarah] and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her” (Genesis 17:16).
God said, “Sarah your wife shall give birth to a son to you…; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him” (Genesis 17:19). When Sarah heard God tell Abraham that He would return “according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son,” she couldn’t help chuckling inside herself. “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also”? she asked.
God’s response to Sarah’s inner giggle was the question, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” No one would question that Sarah faced an impossible situation. When was the last time you met a 90 year old woman who was expecting? What about you? Are you facing something that seems impossible to you? Listen to what God said: “Is anything too hard for the LORD”?
The answer to the question is found in Hebrews 11:12, “Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in great number – innumerable as the sand that is by the seashore.” The apostle Paul puts it this way in Romans 4:19-21: “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about 100 years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
Sarah “judged Him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11). Hebrews 10:23 reminds us to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” It wasn’t that Sarah was deserving or that Abraham was so special. It was because God is faithful. He will be faithful in your impossible situation as well.