Can we take a moment to all agree that Sarah is a bit of a hot mess? I mean, the woman is a big ball of crazy and yet, she’s listed among the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11! This woman was abusive and cruel and deceitful and manipulative and yet God used her and she is listed as an example of faith to us! Woah! God most definitely can redeem and use anyone!
Sarah was barren and her and Abraham couldn’t have children, which is a pretty big problem when your name means “father of a multitude”. When Sarah was 90 years old, God promised Abraham and Sarah they would have a son together. Then, in typical Sarah fashion, amidst her eavesdropping, she laughed aloud at the sheer absurdity of God’s promise. Then Sarah, again, in typical fashion, denied that she had laughed because she was fearful.
Yet, she bore a son.
“By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.” Hebrews 11:11 (ESV)
Put yourself in Sarah’s shoes for a minute. Imagine the series of emotions you had gone through over the years. In her young years she was probably full of hope and awaiting the moment when she could live out her God-given purpose of motherhood. There was probably nothing she wanted more in the world than to have a baby and make Abram a father. The couple probably tried for years to conceive, only to be disappointed year after year as she remained barren. Think about how hopeless she felt, how useless she felt, how jealous she was of other women and how isolated she likely became, unable to celebrate for others the very thing she longed to be. When we meet her in Genesis 17, well into her old age, she had resigned herself to the fact that she would never have children and, in an act of desperation gave her servant to her husband. Imagine the hurt that caused in her already wounded heart!
Yet, God was able to pierce through that hard exterior and, though it was impossible, she had a modicum of faith that God could do what he said he could do. And he did, indeed, do it!
If you’ve been beaten down before and if you feel like you have next to no faith left, know that you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in good company. Many of the heroes of faith in the Bible had times of immense doubt or seasons where their faith was low, yet they obeyed. Sometimes that little spark of faith is all you need to obey an impossible directive from God.
What’s your faith level? Even if it’s low, that’s okay, a little bit of faith injected into your obedience is more than enough!
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