It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them”
Hebrews 11 is often referred as “Faith’s Hall of Fame.” Our overarching goal is to spur us to bold faith by providing examples of people who lived lives of extraordinary faith. In verses eleven and twelve, Abraham’s wife Sarah serves as a role model as someone who believed God.
The story referenced is recorded in Genesis chapters 17-21. The account of the birth and life of Isaac features heavily into New Testament theology and is usually told through the vantage point of Abraham. The Scriptures tell us repeatedly that, “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” However, what is most interesting in Hebrews 11:11-12 is that we’re told that Sarah, too, actively believed God for the impossible because of His promise. She was not a passive recipient of her husband’s faith, but an active participant in faith herself. Husband and wife were partners in faith together, and the results perpetuated blessings through the generations till today.
I love when husbands and wives are partners in faith. Years ago there was a popular slogan that said, “A family that prays together, stays together.” Do you remember that? We rarely hear that said anymore; nevertheless, it is very true. A partnership of faith binds couples and families together in profound ways because it connects them all to the One who makes and keeps promises. Cultivate active faith within your home. There will be multi-generational blessings as a result.
Can you imagine how this story might have turned out if Abraham did not have a partner in his wife to believe God’s promises? Imagine if Sarah had attempted to go faith’s journey alone. Singles who are looking for mates: among all the attractive attributes, a willingness to believe God should be most important. You will save yourself heart-ache and you will produce children that are apt to love and serve God. Find a partner in faith.
Each one of us has a level of faith. We also all have a limit of what we think is possible. During this Bold Faith Initiative I challenge you to ask God to expand your faith limit so that you, too, like Sarah, can believe God for the impossible and discover for yourself that He keeps his Word.
Believe God for the impossible!