By Carolyn Dale Newell
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.
Heb. 11:11 (NKJV)
God promised Abraham and Sarah a son. He promised to give them descendants as numerous as the stars. This seemed physically impossible since Sarah was past the age of child bearing. Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah was ninety. They trusted in God’s faithfulness. Yes, their faith may have waivered when they took matters into their own hands with Hagar. Sarah thought her maid, Hagar, could give Abraham the promised Child, but that was not God’s plan.
Paul thought that their faith was so strong that he wrote of their hope when they had no earthly reason to hope: “who contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations…” (Rom. 4:18). Abraham and Sarah had hope and they believed the unbelievable because they trusted God.
Many of us can identify with Sarah. We don’t see God working in something, and we think we need to jump in and do it ourselves. However, Sarah’s story is in Scripture as an example to us, and we need to remind ourselves to be patient and wait on God. We should be encouraged that even though Sarah’s faith was not always consistent, she was still included among the heroes of faith in Hebrews chapter 11.
The most important thing we can take away from her story is to have a faith that hopes in God when things seem hopeless. We need a faith that believes the promises that God has given us. He has promised to supply all our needs, give us a peace to guard our hearts and minds and to strengthen us, just to name a few. Ask God to strengthen your hope and faith today.
You are such a merciful Father to us. We know our faith fails at times. Please increase our faith! Help us to have the hope that Sarah had in a hopeless situation. Thank You Jesus! Amen!
Read Gen. 15:1-6 and Gen. 16:1-6.
HIKING THE TRAIL
Can you remember a time when you were tempted to take matters into your own hands rather than waiting on God? How did it work out? Ask God to help you remain hopeful in seemingly hopeless situations.
Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.