Heb 11:11-12 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. (12) Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
The story of Sara’s faith concerning the conception, and birth, of Isaac is found in Genesis 17:15-17:22, 18:1-15 & 21:1-7.
In Genesis 18:12-15 we are told, “(12) Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?…. (15) Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.”
Here, we have a clear progression in Sara’s faith:
- Sara’s original reaction to God’s promise that she would bear a son in her old age (90 yrs old) was one of unbelieving laughter.
- After being reminded of the Lord’s power and ability, we are told her laughter turned to fear as she realized she doubted Almighty God.
- In our Hebrews text, we are told that Sara “through faith” conceived and bore Isaac.
How often do we experience the same type of development of faith in our life?
- The Lord places us in a situation in which we can only be victorious through His intervention. We begin in unbelief, seeing our circumstances as overwhelming and impossible.
- But when we are confronted with our Lord’s greatness, we fearfully regret our doubting attitude, clearly seeing our sin of unbelief.
- Then slowly, gradually, by His grace alone, His presence in the midst of our trial begins to be seen and our faith begins to strengthen. We begin to see our impossible obstacle as another hurdle we can leap through the ability given to us by our Lord.
The next time we are faced with a river of trials we, seemingly, cannot cross; follow the example of the father of the deaf and dumb child and cry out to the Lord…. “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
And then take heart, remember, the words of the Lord to Peter… “Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not:”
and then to Paul… “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Our Lord is using this time in our lives to strengthen us and build up our struggling faith!
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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