Sarah was the beloved wife of Abraham, who is known as the 'Father of Faith'. Her life was one continuous trial of her faith in God's promise that she was to be the 'Mother of Nations.' Through this trial, which consisted of her doubting in the form of laughter and sometimes stumbling in her decision making with regard to her faith, she emerged as a woman of power, beloved wife, and who finally became a favored and highly esteemed woman. God will fulfill his promise and maintain his faith in us, when our faith in him runs low. God still blesses when we fall short.
'Abraham, your wifeís name will now be Sarah instead of Sarai. I will bless her, and you will have a son by her. She will become the mother of nations, and some of her descendants will even be kings.' (Genesis 17: 15-16)
In Sarah's timeframe, a woman assumed little importance until she had given her husband a son, so that a man live on through the son. The tragedy of Sarah's early life was that she was barren, but the miracle of her life was that she gave birth to Isaac, son of the promise, when the time had passed that she could become a mother. Yet, the miracle was achieved through faith.
'And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.' (Genesis 21:1-2)
'And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.' (Hebrews 11:11, English Standard Version)
Doubt is like a low current in which faith seems to have withdrawn. Nearly all of us experience challenging times when God doesnít seem real and itís hard to keep going. Sometimes these low currents of faith are connected with events, such as the death of a loved one, a broken relationship, the loss of a job, or illness. Inside you feel empty.
'And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.' (Genesis 18:10-14)
Waiting for God to move in our lives can be the hardest labor we ever face. It's also true that we can become dissatisfied when God's solution does not match our outlook. Sarah's life teaches us that when we feel doubtful, we should remember what God said to Abraham, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14)
Sarah waited ninety years to have a baby. She had begun to give up hope of ever seeing her dream of motherhood fulfilled. Sarah was looking at God's promise from her human perspective. But the Lord used her life to unfold an extraordinary plan, proving that he is never limited by what usually happens. Sometimes we feel like God has placed our lives in a permanent holding pattern. Rather than taking matters into our own hands, we can let Sarah's story remind us that a time of waiting may be God's exact plan for us.
'And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me. And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.' (Genesis 21:6-7)
Pray for spiritual understanding. We have to have the courage to press through the intellectual pain of questioning and seeking. Jesus said heíll never leave us or forsake us, and that includes even when we question, or when we are faithless. God remains faithful.
'He told them, "Because you have so little faith. I can guarantee this truth: If your faith is the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."' (Matthew 17:20)
Commit to a stronger faith today. All things are possible to him that believes. God fulfills his promises and answers faith. Even when stumbling in the faith, when it's hard to maintain faith, continue to move forward believing in the promises of God. Sarah initially made some poor decisions, doubted, and laughed, but then developed great and enduring faith. God had miraculously brought forth her child in her old age. He was a God of love and mercy and majesty. She, like Abraham, would remain obedient and full of faith in him.
'Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.' (Hebrews 11:1)
These scriptures offer an action plan for keeping the faith:
1. Philippians 4:6-7-'Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ.'
2. Psalms 37:7-'Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him to act. Don't be envious of evil people who prosper.'
3. Romans 8:31-32-'What can we ever say to such wonderful things as these? If God is on our side, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even His own Son for us but gave Him up for us all, won't He also surely give us everything else?'
4. Proverbs 3:5-6-'Trust the Lord completely; don't ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.'
Even when we stumble in believing or having faith, God still loves us, and we can still have the strength to believe. Never stop having faith, even when it's hard and people ask 'why do you still believe', or the devil tries to convince you to negate your faith. Don't give up. Keep the faith.
Dear Lord, we pray, see us through troubling times. We cannot carry all burdens, but know you can and will. Through the trials and storms, help our faith, even in the darkest hour. Stay with us Lord, and show Your way. Thank you for your continuous walk beside us. In Jesus Christ name, we pray. Amen.
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Thank you so much Bianca for this very timely message ... He wants us to have child-like faith; but sometimes our faith becomes more adult-like and that's when the doubts etc set in. When we start seeing everything in the me, me, me and my circumstances scenario and not just accepting His promises as a little one accepts his parents' love.