This week, as we are reading in the book of Genesis, we come across one of my favorite women in the Bible – Sarah. I don’t know of many who would call her their favorite. The reason I like her is because she is flawed – and scripture doesn’t hide those. I used to want to be known as a Mary from the Mary and Martha story- she sat at the feet of Jesus. Yet, if I was honest- I would relate to Sarah, who is probably the Old Testament version of Martha! I find a lot of me in her story. This week we have watched her laugh, and we will watch her cry. Yet, I relate to her. When Hebrews mentions her as the first woman of faith, I cry tears of joy – because her and I, we are a lot alike.
The first way I releate with Sarah we found in Genesis 11:30
Now Sarai was barren; she had no child. (Genesis 11:30 ESV)
I remember the day I heard those words – not those exact ones, but the day I found I was going to struggle with infertility. It wasn’t looked well on in those days- and today, it is still words people don’t like to hear. Yet, God had promised Abram that he would have descendants – and not just a few! So, Sari, decided it was time to take matters into her own hands.
Sari gives Abram her handmaiden, Hagar, to have children with. Instead of waiting on God – trusting Him for the timing and the way – she decided it was time on her own. This practice wasn’t out of the norm – it was actually quite customary. Part of the custom would also state the the the servants child would be the wife’s child. So, the wrong wasn’t necessarily moral – because it was in line with the custom and practices of the day. However, it did show a lack of trust and waiting on the Lord to fulfill His promise – on both Sari and Abram. Because of this lack of faith, problems would stretch generationally. When we walk outside of the will of God, it never affects just us alone- it always stretches beyond us.
Beyond the family disputes that would insue, Sari also blamed Abram for te results. How easy it is for us to find fault in anyone but ourseleves when our worlds are spinning out of control.
Waiting is hard. It isn’t easy. It is easy to begin “helping God” out when we are waiting on Him. We have such a limited view point- and God has such an eternal one. Below, I share some of my thoughts on waiting – and how God has taught me so much in my waits.
Sarai would later become Sarah. Even though she messed up, we still find her in Hebrews 11, the hall of faith. Even though she doubted, she beleived. We all have moments of doubt. I shared some of mine in the video. Yet, we need to remember that we can turn that doubt into dancing, and that we too, can be known for our faith, even when circumstances are hard and beyond our control.
God is faithful. He will do what He has said He will do. Do you have a dream that God has been building in your heart? Open your hands to the Lord, and let him take that dream, and reshape it to make it one that will bring him ultimate glory. I have had to do that with the Lord – time and again. I am so thankful that He has given me a mission and the desires of my heart -even though it looks different than I thought it would. Like Sarah, we can be women known for our faith in God’s timing!
Check out some of my favorite girls- the Good Morning Girls Team- and their post this week!
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Rosilind: He isn’t the God You Think He Is
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