Sarah: The Mother of Faith

Sarah: The Mother of Faith

9 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.
“There, in the tent,” he said.
10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed

 

time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” (Genesis 18:9-15)

Abraham is often referred to as the “Father of Faith,” because he left everything he knew to pursue the promise of God.

In Romans 4, Paul writes that even though there were times it seemed hopeless, Abraham still had faith that God would carry out the promise…

…and so did his wife Sarah.

In Genesis 12, it explains that Abraham (then Abram), took Sarai, his wife, with him as he followed his calling that God laid out before him. She was obedient in his promise as she followed her husband to many lands, was taken to be the wife to Pharaoh, and grew to old age.

Sarah became the picture of our humanity and God’s grace. Because even in her doubt; even when she tried to manipulate God’s promise by delivering Hagar to Abraham to have a child, God reminded her of his promise in Genesis 18. He said right now you are laughing, but next year will look a lot different.

Is there something in your life that God has promised, that so much time has passed, you find it hard to believe that He will still fulfill it? Consider this your reminder, like He gave Sarah. Right now, you may be laughing and may not think that it is possible, but if your promise came from God, He WILL fulfill it. It may not happen  in the time you think–like Sarah with childbearing age. But with God, all things are possible. And sometimes, we just need a little reminder.

 

Photo credits: Photo by Zach Lucero on Unsplash

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Katie Wimberly She and her husband, Nate, have been married for five years and have a two-year old son, Isaiah. She is a licensed mental health counselor, and currently works for a private counseling agency in Statesville and Taylorsville. She attended Liberty University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, and a Master’s in Professional Counseling. She is passionate about seeing people liberated from things holding them back in life so that they can live the limitless life God has called them to.

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