Have you ever lied to God? Laughed in His face? Complained, murmured, or even took His promises for granted?
It’s been a long time since our dear sister Sara walked this earth, but women sure haven’t changed much.
We still battle with disappointment, anger, hopelessness… all the same things that Sarah battled. Yeah, so she cooked over an open fire and lived in a tent… but I believe her heart and ours still share an ageless struggle.
What would Sara say to the women of faith today?
Sara, guilty of all those things I mentioned above, but also “princess”, blessed of God, mother of God’s people, even a Hebrews 11 hero of faith… would humbly tell us that women of faith aren’t perfect. Perhaps she would mention that God lovingly forgave her when she messed up. Sara might also tell us of an amazing God who reminded her of his faithfulness and gave her faith in the midst of her dying hope for a child.
Sara never had to worry about appointments, smart phones, car trouble, or monthly bills. Yet, she still faced the same spiritual struggles that we do centuries later.
Anger, jealousy, hurt, pride, and doubt creep into our lives just as they did for Sara so long ago. So, our Lord maintains his unchanging love, patience, support and encouragement by giving us the strength to have faith and to hope in Him. All those years ago when Sara laughed at God’s promise of a child in her old age, God simply reminded her,
Is anything too hard for the Lord?Genesis 18:14
My dear sisters as we face the challenges of each new day, when we feel like His promises will never come true, or when we just can’t go on… we can receive strength to be faithful (Hebrews 11:11) just as Sara did. The same grace that Sarah received is the same grace that is still available for you and me. Sarah’s life is an amazingly clear testimony of God’s grace and mercy… working the unordinary in ordinary people!
Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11