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The God Who Keeps His Promises

Most of Sarah’s friends left their bridal chamber bearing new life. Not Sarah. She left her bridal chamber with an empty womb but hopeful heart. Weeks passed into months that grew into long years and the memory of that bridal chamber grew faint.

Sarah’s hope for a little one would rise and fall with each passing month, until hope was swallowed by barrenness. 

Sarah’s youthful days of love were now long gone. Heart-wrenching pain came with the children’s cries she could hear outside the walls of her tent. Other women’s children, not her own, played in the encampment, sang little songs followed by laughter, and ran to their mother’s arms, but not Sarah’s.

Her life felt cursed. She felt alone and forgotten.

Where were the little ones she should be nursing?

Where were the heirs she should be raising for Abram?

Infertility is one of the deepest pains a woman can endure. Her journey of broken dreams, arms unfilled, and lonely dinner tables, often ends in bitterness.

An empty womb can be a hope-destroyer and faith-ender.

But for Sarah, the empty womb prepared her to face one of the greatest challenges of faith recorded in Scripture.

[box]“By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.” (Hebrews 11:11)[/box]

At ninety years old, God brought the amazing promise to Abraham that He would give him a son through Sarah. The covenant pledge was sealed with the changing of both their names, signifying the incredible work the Almighty would accomplish through them (Genesis 17).

Through Sarah’s body, a nation would be birthed; God’s chosen people would come to life. Sarah would be the mother to kings and through her would flow the seed of the Redeemer. Sarah would carry in her womb the wonder of the great redemption story, the offspring God spoke of in Eden’s dark hour, would continue through a most unlikely source—a ninety-year-old woman.

And why not?

Isn’t this just like God?

I love the fact that God delights in taking the surprise route. I mean, who would script the story this way? Use a ninety-year-old woman to birth a nation?

But that is so like God.

The physical circumstances provide plenty of room for doubt to take hold, so God reminds Abraham who “He is” at the opening of this chapter: “I am God Almighty.” And He challenges Sarah’s laughter with the question “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Apparently, Sarah’s laughter gave way to faith at some point, thus her noble commendation in the hall of faith (Heb. 11:11).

Sarah’s faith-filled response isn’t recorded for us in Genesis, but we know that somewhere between her laughter in Genesis 18 and her praise in Hebrews 11, Sarah reached the place of faith.

Sarah’s faith challenges and inspires me!

Sarah didn’t have completed Scripture or the indwelling Spirit to depend on. She relied on the testimony of a faithful God that she knew was trustworthy. God’s trustworthy character were enough for her to believe He could bring her aging body to life, that He would fill her womb with the promised son, that He would accomplish the next stage of the grand redemption story, in the quiet of her bedroom chamber.

Am I believing that today?

Do I believe that nothing is too hard for the Almighty God I serve?

On this Advent journey, we will discover and watch as God shows up to work in incredible ways in women’s lives. We’ll be looking at several women who are in overwhelming circumstances, or barren places, who feel forsaken or forgotten—and in each woman’s life God’s entrance is marked by faithfulness.

Sarah played an integral role in the redemptive story. Her promised son would point to the Promised One who would come. The One we celebrate today—the Redeemer who is a Son, but who is also our King. Sarah, the barren one who trusted the faithful character of God, became the mother of the covenant nation through whom the King would eventually come.

How is God asking you to trust Him today?

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10 Comments

  • Vicki

    Thanks for this today, Kim. I am moved to tears by God’s grace in giving me these words at this time. As my husband and I come toward the end of a very difficult season in our lives, and as there’s truly light at the end of the tunnel, I see my fierce tendency to want even more to take situations into my own hands and make things happen. The desire to just get past this and get on with life gets so strong, but God is still asking me to be patient and trust Him. That truly is the bottom line! It’s not do I trust this person or that person; it’s do I trust my Heavenly Father! I needed to be reminded of His faithfulness this morning.

  • Tambra Lucas

    I love that name of our God “The Almighty” one of my favorite names for Him! One of the names I call Him when I cry out to Him! One of the names I call Him after an answered prayer and seeing His victory over situations. The name I call Him giving reverence, thanks, and asking for forgiveness. I love singing the words Almighty God! To me this means He is All-powerful, omnipotent, supreme, very great, enormous, mammoth, vast, gigantic, mighty, ginormous, Herculean, huge and powerful beyond words!! So we have no reason not to trust him. No matter what situation we are in, or what problems we have, or what worries can flood our minds. God is a big, big God! He can handle everything perfectly without inefficiency, God can solve anything, He can take care of any problem, nothing and no one can restrict Him, He has no limits. He is able and He is faithful!!!
    He is “The Almighty God.”

  • Naomi

    Thanks Kimberly for letting God use you. I am so encouraged by today’s post. I believing GOD to work a miracle in my marriage, against ALL odds. Again, “Is anything to hard for God?” I must admitt that sometimes I doubt Him.

  • Pauline Butler

    Trust is the word that the Lord keeps impressing upon me these days. Trust and do not fear. Your message was a powerful reminder to me of God’s greatness and that I can safely trust in Him and can safely entrust my loved ones to Him as well. I thank God for you and how He speaks through you to bring hope and encouragement to me and so many others. I am trusting that He will use your messages this Advent season to speak to the hearts of the many women I am forwarding them to. May He richly bless you, Kim.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Good Morning, Vicki ~

    So thankful the Father used this post to remind you of His faithfulness. He delights in carrying our load and teaching us how to “rest” in Him–especially in those times when we want to jump in, fix things, and go! (Preaching to myself here, friend 🙂 )

    Sending you this reminder today, that has been so helpful to me in this year of wanting to run ahead and “fix” personal and family issues that are in desperate need of repair:

    “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28–30)

    Thank you for staying connected through the blog and sharing your heart and letting us know how we can pray for you!

    Praying you have a day of true rest in Him, even with the pressures you face ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    What a beautiful description of Him, Tambra! Yes, Yes, YES!!
    Thank you for sharing your heart , friend! 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Naomi ~

    He is able, nothing is too hard for Him! I pray that He encourages your heart today and performs a mighty work of transformation in your marriage. I have seen Him to do that for many, many people.

    But no matter what, Naomi, He is worthy of our worship.

    I will be writing about your “namesake” next Thursday on the blog–I hope you stay connected here for that!

    Pausing to pray for you and your husband now, asking for a miracle that will glorify Him!

    “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Pauline ~

    Thank you so much for sharing from your heart. Yes, trust is that much-needed element in the Christian walk that we always need more of! 🙂 It is so ironic, isn’t it? That HE is SO trustworthy, and yet, we struggle with trust when things seem like they would be more than He could handle . . . sigh. I need to grow in this area as well!

    You brought such a blessing this morning with your encouraging words! I am so thankful the Lord is using the blog to speak to you and I’m so glad you are passing it on to others!

    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    May you sense His presence and direction this day, knowing, “He’s got this!”

    Blessings, friend ~

  • Naomi

    Kimberly,

    Thank you for your prayers,that pray verse was confirmation! I have been praying that verse over my marital situation. Yes, I will continue to follow your blog especially during this time.

    By HIS grace,

    Naomi

  • Naomi

    Kimberly,

    Thank you for your prayers,that pray verse was confirmation! I have been praying that verse over my marital situation. Yes, I will continue to follow your blog especially during this time.

    By HIS grace,

    Naomi