By Faith We Receive Strength (2)

Genesis 18:1-16, Hebrews 11:11

"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.

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