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Sarah - A Mother Who Finished Strong
Series: Women Who Rocked in Bible Times—Stories of Those Who Shaped Their Culture and Still Inspire You Today
Shanna D. Gregor
By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
Hebrews 11:11 ESV
Sarah’s story didn’t look very promising from the beginning—at least from the perspective of natural circumstances. The first mention of her in the Bible describes her as Abram’s wife, Sarai, who is barren and had no children. (Eventually God changed both Abram and Sarai’s names to Abraham and Sarah.) When her husband’s brother, Haran died, Abram’s father took his family from Ur of the Chaldeans where Abram and Sarah grew up and traveled toward Canaan, but stopped short of their journey and settled in Haran where they lived until Abram’s father died.
Here’s where things get interesting. Sarah and Abraham’s family worshipped other gods, yet the Creator of all spoke to her husband and asked him to leave everything they’ve ever known—his country, his extended family and friends they did life with every day—and go to a land they’ve never seen. I can just imagine God saying, “Pack your family, tents, and all your belongings and start walking. I’m going to show you this great land. If you do this, I am going to make you into a great nation. I’ll make your name great. If you follow me I will bless you, and bless everyone who blesses you.”
Imagine Sarah’s response. Abraham comes in and tells her God has made him a promise of blessing—a promise to become a nation, and all they have to do is go to a land God will show him. Sarah may have wondered, “Well, how’s God going to do that? I’m barren. Everyone knows I’m barren. We’ve been married for years and tried without success.” It’s highly likely she imagined different scenarios of just how God would do such things. Perhaps she struggled with grief of leaving everything familiar—or maybe she embraced it with excitement and expectation.
Sarah followed Abraham and together they obeyed God not knowing where they were going. Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot with him, along with all the possessions and people they had gotten in Haran, and set out for the land of Canaan and arrived safe and sound. (Abraham was 75 years old, so that would make Sarah about 65, if you consider she was 90 and he was 100 when their promised son was born.)
It might be compared in some ways to a farmer these days, packing up the house, the barn, the animals and all he and his family possess and moving to another farm in another state—but they didn’t know where they were going. They just stepped out trusting in God to deliver all He promised....
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