The Lord took note of Sarah as he had said he would: He did for her as he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time that God had stated. (Genesis 21:1-2)
Sarah then said, “God has given me cause to laugh, and all who hear of it will laugh with me. Who would have told Abraham,” she added, “that Sarah would nurse children! Yet I have borne him a son in his old age” Isaac grew and on the day of the child’s weaning Abraham held a great feast. Sarah noticed the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham playing with her son Isaac; so she demanded of Abraham: “Drive out that slave and her son! No son of that slave is going to share the inheritance with my son Isaac!” Abraham was greatly distressed especially on account of his son Ishmael. But God said to Abraham: “Do not be distressed about the boy or about your slave woman, Heed the demands of Sarah, no matter what she is asking of you; for it is through Isaac that the descendants shall bear your name. ” (Genesis 21: 6-12)
The promise is fulfilled. Sarah is joyful and thankful, her faith although sometimes weak has been rewarded, but she still fears and takes matters into her own hands. This time God intervenes to insure the fulfillment of His covenant with Abraham and Sarah.
Questions to Ponder:
- When a promise is fulfilled, do I graciously accept it in faith?
- Do I still harbor fears and hold onto a small piece of mistrust?
Through Sarah, we see the dangers of not letting God’s plans play out in His time. Sarah’s actions teach us not to try and rush God, instead if we wait patiently God will fulfill His promises to us and our faith like Sarah’s will be rewarded.
Lord Jesus, help me to have the steadfast faithfulness of Sarah. Hold me up and carry me through those times when my faith falters. Let Sarah serve as a reminder of the rewards of faithfulness. Amen.
All for the Glory of God,
Excerpted from Women of the Bible: A Study by Christina Weigand