The Faith Of Sarah

11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise.
12 And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.
Hebrews 11:11-12 (NLT)

Welcome to the tenth installment on my study of faith from Hebrews 11. In the previous 2 installments, we learned about the faith of Abraham and what God had blessed him with. Now, we look at the story of his wife. Here is some outline of it.

God had promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. This means he will have many descendents. However, Sarah was unable to conceive. So, she took initiative to give her maid to Abraham in order to conceive a child. Unfortunately, the birth of the son, Ishmael had cause more problems for the couple. So, Sarah demanded Abraham to send away the maid and her son, which God agreed.

Does this happen to you as well? You have asked God for something you desire. However you don’t see it coming. So you decided to take your own initiative without consulting God. In the end, you found yourself in more problems and you wished you had never started the initiative.

What is the root cause of the above situation? It is the lack of faith. When you are in faith, you believe God is a person of integrity. He will fulfill everything he promised you including prosperity, health, long life and success in every area in your life even if the situation around you look impossible for them to happen. You believe that if it takes a miracle for God to prosper you, he will create a miracle for you. All you need to do is to trust in him and obey him.

However, if your faith starts to weaken, you might consider taking your own independent initiatives and you might ended up worse off than before like what happened in Abraham and Sarah’s marriage. The good news is the moment you go back to God and start trusting in him, he will restore you. Our God is a good God. He loves you despite your mistakes. As long as you are willing to trust him again, you are back in line with his will to prosper you in all things.

This is what Abraham and Sarah did. By the time God caused Sarah to conceive a child, she was already barren and was too old. However, she had learned her lesson on faith. She still believed that God would keep his promise despite what the natural circumstances said. Thank God, there were no religious churches there at that time. I am sure that if there were religious churches at that time, they would have accused her of being deceived by the “Prosperity Gospel” or the “Name it, claim it Gospel”. Her faith might be affected.

“Will God not able to give her a child if it is his will to do so?”

God has the power to do anything but he will not force us to receive him or his blessings. He wants our willingness to receive him and his blessings. This is where faith comes in. Being in faith means telling God that we are willing to receive him and accept all the blessings he wants to give us. Hebrews 11:11 tells us that it was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. Her faith plays a crucial part in her having a child.

Right now, there could be couples here reading this that have been married for a few years and trying hard for a child. So some reasons, you are unable to conceive any. You may even be considering alternative artificial methods. I advise you to pray over it. Please don’t get me wrong. I am not against scientific solutions. I am an engineer myself. You need to consider the side effects of it. For example, can the husband accept the child that is conceived using somebody else’s sperm? What do you think will happen if your son is to marry a girl who was conceived using the sperms from the same donor? You will be better off adopting some orphans.

If you are in the above situation, let Sarah be your example. Build up your faith. If Sarah can have a child through faith, so can you.

“How can I be sure that God wants to give me a child?”

4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

He will give you what you want as long as it is the desire of your heart. All you need is to delight yourself in him. You cannot do that if you have no faith. So, instead of looking at the world for the answer to your prayers, why not look to God?

Nothing is impossible for him. This does not apply only for children. It works for every area in our lives. The question for a believer is not “Will God give me what I desire?” but “How do I build up my faith to the level which I can receive anything I desire from God?”

Hebrews 11: 12 tells us the result of the faith of Abraham and Sarah.

12 And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.
Hebrews 11:12 (NLT)

I can only think of one word after reading the above verse – abundance. You may think that the desire for a child is personal because this is what you have wanted. However, if you are in faith you are in position to create greater blessings in the future even after you left earth to go to heaven. Your child could be the next Kenneth Copeland, preaching the Gospel Of Jesus Christ to millions of people causing millions of souls to be saved. So, don’t stop your faith after you get what you desire. Strengthen it and use it for more blessings. This is the will of God for you.

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