As we begin the month of May, I wanted to take a look at the issue of Faith. This week and next week we’re going to take a look at a couple of women who found a place in the “Hall of Faith” from Hebrews 11.
Chapter 11 in the book of Hebrews has long been known as the Hall of Faith. Several people are listed there as a testimony of how God has honored their faith. Two women are counted among this list.
First, we’re going to look at Sarah. She’s mentioned in Hebrews 11:11 “And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.”
Sarah was credited as a woman of faith. You can read about her and her husband Abraham in Genesis 11:27 – 23:20. Now, reading through these chapters, she might not really seem to meet the criteria of having faith. After all, this is the woman who encouraged Abraham to have children with her servant. Later she laughed when she heard the messengers of God say that she would bear children at the age of 90. How did this woman who seemed to have such doubt about God’s plan for her end up being applauded as a champion of faith?
The answer is found in the verse above from Hebrews. Sarah’s faith was in the fact that the Lord is faithful to keep His promises. God promised that He would provide a child to Abraham through Sarah. She was the wife of the promise and as a result even though she was 90 years old, she gave birth to Isaac. She had doubts. She was not perfect, but still at the end of the day, Sarah held to the fact that the God had made a promise to her and then He fulfilled that promise. She didn’t have to have a lot of faith, but just to believe that God will do what He promised.
We can learn from her that even when find doubts trying to fill our minds, we can have faith in His promises and know that He is faithful to us and His promises.Kristi BurchfielChristian devotional author and speaker
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