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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 6/Heroes: Sarah

God did what Sarah deemed to be impossible… He opened her womb and she conceived a child. She gave Abraham an heir and he was named Isaac. Note Sarah’s reaction- again she laughed but this time with joy! In fact, the name Isaac means “he laughs.” Isaac was welcomed as a gift from God. His promise was fulfilled.

In the list of the great heroes (and heroines) of faith in Hebrews 11, the Lord mentions nothing else about Sarah but her faith. What lessons can we learn from her life?

  1. Nothing is too difficult for God. When we first meet Sarah, she is long past childbearing age but yet in her advanced age, she bore a son just as God promised. As in the life of Sarah, God made promises to us. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2) and He is the same yesterday, today and always. (Hebrews 13:8) He is the omnipotent and all-powerful God who can bring to pass all that He has promised. (Isaiah 48: 6-11).
  2. God responds to faith even in the midst of failure. I think we have all been a “Sarah” at some point in our lives. We become impatient with His timing and take matters into our own hands… forgetting that a God-given vision requires working with and not against God. Sarah’s moment of weakness could have caused her to lose her salvation but God is merciful and gracious. Instead, we see that she developed an unshakable faith to the point that she is mentioned in the list of heroes in Hebrews 11.
  3. You are never too old to be tested by God. Being old does not exempt us from having our faith tested. Sarah is a perfect example that no matter your age, a test of your faith can happen right up until the end of your life. Keep in mind 1 Corinthians 10:12 “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”

Sarah fought waves of doubt, fear and uncertainty to have her faith strengthened. We are often overcome by those same waves but we, too, can turn our laughter of doubting into laughter of believing. Habakkuk 2:3 tells us “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” Nothing is impossible with God!

Scripture

Genesis 21: 1-7; Ecclesiates 3:11; 2 Peter 3:9

Prayer

Your word tells us “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” You are all powerful and there is nothing that you cannot accomplish. Turn our doubts into faith and our skepticism into belief. Amen