Today’s biblical W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L. Wife is Sarah (Genesis 12:5-17, Genesis 20:2-18, Hebrews 11:11).
Most of us know the story of Sarah and Abraham. When they were well past child- bearing years, God made them the “impossible” promise that they would bear a son. It seemed so absurd that Sarah even chuckled a bit, but after 25 years of waiting God’s promise manifested and Isaac was born.
Both Abraham and Sarah are mentioned in the Hebrews 11 “Hall of Faith” because they believed God and were rewarded. While I celebrate the father and mother of our faith, I think there is value in mentioning that their walk of faith was not perfect. Allow me to summarize parts of their journey from my own perspective.
Abraham told Sarah that they were moving but couldn’t tell her where they were going. During the journey he tried to pass Sarah off as his sister and BOTH times she ended up in the king’s haram.
Out of frustration, Sarah gave Abraham the bad advice to sleep with Hagar, and rather than sticking with God’s promise he followed Sarah’s advice and they created a very complicated baby momma situation. Yet, in the midst of all of this Sarah called Abraham lord (1 Peter 3:6).
How in the world could Sarah still trust and respect Abraham after all of the uncertainty, frustration, and ill effects she suffered because of his less than perfect decisions? Hebrews 11:11 provides the answer,
“By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child[a] when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.”
Sarah judged HIM faithful who had promised! Though she had seasons of doubt and endured much, deep down in her heart Sarah believed that God was faithful to deliver on His promise.
The same God that gave Sarah an “impossible” promise AND the strength to do the “impossible” is the same God that has made us some promises. So, the key lesson we can learn from Sarah is to trust God and His promises no matter what.
She may have been uneasy when Abraham told her of God’s command to GO, but she trusted God and followed her lord.
I’m sure she felt unsafe when she ended up in a king’s harem TWICE because of Abraham’s decisions, but she trusted God and He protected her.
She was probably angry and resentful that Abraham didn’t take the lead to stand on God’s promise when she was in a doubtful season, but she trusted God.
My sisters, we must trust God! When our husbands share things with us that seem vague, we must trust God.
When we have expressed ourselves and our husbands still seem to make decisions that may put us in less than favorable conditions, we must trust God.
When we experience doubt and our husbands also fail to stand firm in faith, we must trust God.
When we choose to honor our husbands as the head of our households no matter what, God will honor us. If our husbands make “bad” decisions God will protect us.
So, how in the world can we still trust and respect our husbands when faced with uncertainty, frustration, or ill effects we have suffered because of their less than perfect decisions? We do like Sarah did…TRUST GOD NO MATTER WHAT and believe that He is faithful to deliver the promises He has made to us!