Hebrews 11:11 – 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.
Meditation: Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching about Sarah, the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. She was an extraordinarily faithful woman in so many respects while still having very human flaws like impatience, envy, and pride. One of the main things that makes the Biblical account of Sarah so compelling is her mixture of decent and flawed characteristics.
Sarah is no fairytale princess, but a real woman with genuine real-world problems. Despite her faithfulness, she was childless until she was by all accounts too old to bear children. She was bound by marriage to a man who was led to wander the Levant in her elder years when many mighty settle down. She was so beautiful that her husband felt she had to mislead other men who might threaten his life. After her husband received a divine promise of a child despite their advanced age, she still lost hope that she was part of that plan and convinced him to have marital relations with another woman creating all kinds of strife in their home. When finally the promised child was conceived, she was 90 years old! What? And people today think you’re pushing it to have kids in your forties!
I know that I have simplified the complexities of Sarah’s story, but I mainly wanted to rehearse the reality of her life. These problems were real to her, and they are relatable to many Christian women today who forgotten or at least overshadowed by social norms that exclude them. Sarah lived in such a world. She waited a tremendously long time to see the fulfillment of her dreams. In the end, her waiting made the reward all the sweeter. She counted Him faithful Who had promised. Do you?
Call to Action: Tell someone you love, preferably a child, that you are going to make them cookies. Only they have to wait for the cookies until Sunday. Remind them of the promise throughout the remainder of this week, and be sure to deliver the cookies at the time appointed. Call them Sarah’s cookies, and tell them why you made them. It will make the wait all the sweeter. Show them how the faithfulness of God works.