Devotional: Faith Conceives
Today we move to the next character of faith seen in Hebrews 11, Sarah. What makes Sarah special is that she conceived in spite of the odds against her. She was past child-bearing age and her womb was barren. Yet, God declared that not only would she have a child, but that her child would be the beginning of a generational-line of God’s people. This was hard for Sarah to fathom, not only because of the obstacles in front of her, but because of the difficult life she had already experienced.
Sarah had been forced to live to a foreign, hostile land while leaving everything and everyone she had known and loved. Her husband, on multiple occasions, had disowned her as his wife and claimed her to be his sister. As a result, Sarah’s faith wavered, and when given the Lord’s promise, she tried to use a surrogate mother to give birth to her child. Still, after all of that, she was able to conceive – solely because of her faith.
Questions for Meditation
1. Faith is conceiving God’s vision and plan for your life. What is the vision and plan that God has conceived in your life?
2. When we conceive, the seed is with God. That means that we can’t make it grow, but that only God can. Is there anything in your life that you are believing God for that is solely in His hands?
3. What Sarah’s life teaches us is that not only do we need to read the Bible, but we need to have interactions with the Bible where the promises of God become seeds in our hearts. What promise, or seed, do you have from God?
4. As we see in the life of Sarah, a barren womb is no obstacle for God. In the same way, perceived obstacles that we have in our lives are really no match for God’s power. Are there any obstacles in your life that you’ve started to believe aren’t possible to overcome?
5. What are some things in life that we often rely and depend on instead of God’s power?
6. Initially, Sarah laughed at God’s suggestion that she would be the mother of many nations. But in Genesis 21:6, when Isaac was birthed, Sarah says, “God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.” Now, she was made to laugh out of her rejoicing. How can you rejoice today, knowing that it’s the Lord’s Word that helps us triumph in our lives?