"Through faith also Sara herself received strength..."
When Abraham was ninety-nine years old and Sarah eighty-nine, they
acknowledged that it was impossible for them to have any child "after
the manner of women" (Gen 18:11). Sarah laughed when she heard that she
would bear a child the next year. Then, "the LORD said unto Abraham,
Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child,
which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed
I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall
have a son" (Gen 18:13-14). Sarah's faith was strengthened upon hearing
God's Word, "Is any thing too hard for the LORD?" and she "judged him
faithful who had promised" and then "received strength to conceive
seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age" (Heb 11:11).
In our difficulties, let us patiently wait upon the Lord, look unto
Him, trust in Him "for with God all things are possible" (Mark 10:27),
and hear God's Word, "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is
there any thing too hard for me?" (Jer 32:27). Will you do that?
When Sarah wholeheartedly believed that nothing was too hard for the
LORD despite her dead womb, she "herself received strength to conceive
seed, and was delivered of a child" (Heb 11:11). Sarah must have been
so happy and thankful to God when she gave birth to Isaac at the age of
ninety! Spiritually speaking, if we doubt God and His Word, we shall
have neither power nor strength to overcome sins, sinful nature,
temptations or worldliness. Only by faith in the living and true God,
in the risen Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and in God's Word can we
receive strength or power to endure all things, to live a victorious
Christian life, and to be Christ's faithful witnesses until death.
"My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in
weakness" (2 Cor 12:9). "But ye shall receive power, after that the
Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me..."
(Acts 1:8). Praise the Lord! Our unbelief and disobedience grieve the Holy Spirit!
THOUGHT: I always need grace and strength from the Lord.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to humbly rely on Thee and Thy strength.