Sunday, October 15th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 7)
Abraham & Sarah
Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping--believing that he would become the father of many nations.... And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead--and so was Sarah's womb.
Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises.
Romans 4:18-21 (NLT)
Abraham is the father of our faith. Sarah was his lovely and loyal wife. These pioneers followed the unseen God to unknown places in undying trust. They received unexpected promises and lived unprecedented adventures, including victory over great kings.
They were trail-blazing heroes for the Lord. But perhaps to avoid hero-worship (or the notion that heroes are perfect), God chose to reveal some imperfections:
1) Sarai was far too old to have a child, and Abram seemed like a ancient dreamer.* When God announced they would birth a nation, Sarai laughed in doubt. Abram smiled in joy... at the Lord's impossible pronouncement.
2) Sarai grew impatient with passing years as she waited on her promised children. So she devised a plan outside of God. Abram agreed with his wife's suggestion. Like Adam, they both followed the wrong lead.
Abram and Sarai suffered from this choice (as would countless more throughout the ages), as the repercussion of impatience. Even so, God raised this daring duo into parents and heroes for us all.
To Be Continued...
*Abraham and Sarah were initially named Abram and Sarai... until God renamed them later in life
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.