Sarah was the first infertile women mentioned in the bible. The story takes place in Genesis 15 – 21. God promised Sarah’s husband, Abraham, a baby. “..but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.” – Genesis 15:4 However, even after receiving the word from the Lord, Sarah grew impatient and took matters into her own hands. She came up with a plan to have Abraham sleep with her servant, Hagar, and despite the word he had already received form the Lord, Abraham agreed. Her plan ended up backfiring in Genesis 16 when the servant conceived, but became resentful of Sarah and ran.
Sarah trusted her own ways over God’s promises.
After Hagar birthed Ishmael, the story didn’t end. God did not break His promise that He previously had made to Abraham. Over a span of 13 years of waiting, God prepared Sarah and Abraham for the blessing He had planned and previously promised. It happened exactly as God said it would and there was a lesson to be learned during the waiting period. It took Sarah 13 years to surrender her will and learn what God wanted to teach her. Sarah had disbelief, doubt, a loss of faith, worry and fear during her situation. In the mean time, God never moved away from her. Sarah was the one who disobeyed, while God waited for her to return to Him. Despite her rebellion, God’s never promise still remained and He was still near. Finally, when Abraham and Sarah surrendered their control, sat in silence, and listened, God brought them the good news that they would conceive. Genesis 18:10 – Then the Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
After an additional year, in Genesis 21 1- 3, Sarah bore her son, Isaac, just as God had promised. “Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promise him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.”
I’m grateful for Sarah’s story and how it unfolds; from her struggle with infertility, her rebellion against God, and in the end, the birth of her son. I love the way God used an impossible situation to create a miracle.
We are choosing to trust God’s promises, not our own.
We have put our hope and trust, not in our desire to have a child, but in God. For we know that He does more than we could ever ask or imagine. Although we can’t see what is in the future, He already knows and has good plans for us. We know that He will never leave us or forsake us and when we ask, He hears us.
The God who bore Abraham and Sarah a son, is the same God who acts generously when we cry help and is the same God who can bless us with a child.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” – Ephesians 3:20
“No one who trusts God like this – heart and soul – will ever regret it. The same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.” – Romans 10:11-13
“For everyone who asks receives; he who finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthews 7:7-8
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15
“Rather than ignoring or punishing us, God is allowing our experiences to mold us in anticipation of the blessing He has planned. That gift is coming” – Susan Radulovacki