By Pr Isaiah White
In Hebrews chapter 11, we look at the first woman to put her faith into action. Hebrews 11:11: “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age because she judged Him faithful who had promised.”
Strength in faith
History tells us that it was by faith that Sarah received strength to even conceive. It is important to note how this record of this past event communicates to us.
We need to point out the importance of faith in one’s life. Faith is an enabling power and it was by faith that Sarah gathered the strength to conceive.
It is by faith that we conceive possibility for all the things we perceive as impossible in our lives.
The Bible says “by faith Sarah herself also received strength”. It is interesting to know that we receive strength by faith.
Life is a draining experience, we are physically drained by age and disease, psychological challenges and strength levels drop every time of our living.
Weakness replaces strength now and then amongst people, believers and non-believers. Isaiah 40:29-31: “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
It is all by faith that we can regain the strength that we have lost. Sarah had lost all the strength to conceive but by faith, she regained her strength to conceive. It is my prayer that you put your faith into action to regain your lost strength.
Sarah ran out of time
When God told Sarah that she would mother a biological child, she was 80 years old.
At that age, it is an obvious scientific fact that no woman can conceive.
It is a time of menopause in the reproductive system of almost every woman. There is no way Sarah could conceive so she and her husband had admitted to this fact and planned to consider other ways of having a baby through their maidservant.
It was scientifically and culturally impossible for a woman of Sarah’s age to conceive.
The reason was a simple one, in reality, she was past the age of becoming pregnant. It is at such a time that God assured her that she was going to conceive, carry a baby in her womb for nine months and deliver that baby like all other women of the rightful child bearing age.
The promise of God was not as difficult as believing it given the facts on the ground.
What adds Sarah to the list of the heroes of faith is that she did not only believe God but also put her faith into action.
Naturally at 80 years, women are no longer interested in sex but am sure the conjugal exercises were revamped by this old couple.
That is what we mean by faith in action. They started all the necessary exercises with a full conviction that they were going to have a baby.
Reality that matters
Sarah’s world had a reality that everyone observed but this woman chose to ignore all this and act against all the facts and the existing scientific reality.
It was and still is a fact that elderly couples like Sarah and Abraham cannot have sexual intercourse with the intention to reproduce. But Sarah ignored all the facts that were against her faith and placed her trust in something her societal facts dismissed.
Why would Sarah do this? The answer is “because she judged Him faithful who had promised”. She trusted God’s faithfulness. The reality that matters is not faith for the sake of faith, but in whom one’s faith is placed.
The essence of faith is in whom (or what) it has been placed. Sarah was a hero who placed her faith in nothing else but God and God alone against all facts.