God reveals between Genesis 12 and 23 an amazing relationship. Abraham and Sarah are heroic figures in the Bible and as all Bible heroes God shows their faithfulness amidst their flaws and brokenness.
Sarah is listed in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11:11 and she is held up to us as an example in 1 Peter 3:6. But, Sarah had some rough bumps in her life. Her faith was tried, tested, and stretched numerous times. She is known for some bad decisions and like Eve the consequences of her decisions were disastrous.
But one thing she understood was that Isaac was the child of promise. When Abraham told her about the Covenant God made with him that he would be the father of many nations, I’m sure she was overwhelmed, but when he quoted what God said about her in Genesis 17:15-16, it must have seemed unbelievable.
“Abram? Why are you calling me that? Have you forgotten my name?”
“No, no!” Abraham laughed out loud. “But, you have a new name, Sarah, and so do I!”
“What are you talking about?” She looked suspiciously at him. “Have you been talking to God again?”
“Yes,” he shouted. “Yes, I have and he changed my name to Abraham. I will be the father of a multitude. And he changed your name to Sarah. Listen, this is what he said:
“As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her” (Genesis 17:15-16).
“It was you all along Sarah! You will bear a son to me and from him will come nations and kings!”
Sarah slowly sank to a cushion. “Abram, oh, I mean Abraham, can it be? How can it be? I am 99. I have always been barren and now I am way past giving birth time. God of Abraham, how can it be?”
“Well, Sarah, that is what I thought. God, can you see how old we are? So, I suggested Ishmael. Don’t look at me like that. Anyway, God said no. He said Sarah will bear you a son and you shall call his name Isaac.”
“Isaac? Yes, if a son is born to me, I will certainly laugh, Abraham. I will laugh and cry and laugh some more! And all will rejoice with me because it will be a huge miracle!”
Sarah, for the first time, is included in the promise. She is the one to bear the son from whom nations and kings will come. There would be no doubt that Isaac was a special child, a child born not by the will of man, but of the will of God.
According to Hebrew 11:11, Sarah considered God faithful who had promised. If God had promised, he would do it.
The greatest promise God made was Jesus Christ his Son. In him, all of the promises in the old Testament are “Yes, and Amen!”
Do we believe God when all looks bleak and impossible? Do we think impossible answers were only for times past? God doesn’t work that way anymore?
Look to Jesus and pray for faith and more faith and more faith. Hebrews 11 says it was by faith that Sarah received power to conceive. Sarah may have made a lot of bad decisions along the way, (haven’t we all?), but through it all Sarah’s faith grew along with Abraham’s.
Pray for growing faith.
God is still in the miracle business.
Dear Sister, be a Sarah.