Summary: To remind the reader that God can take the impossible and make it a reality.
FAITH THAT CONQUERS THE IMPOSSIBLE
My brothers and my sisters the Davis Sisters once sang a song called God Specializes, and I found the words to be appropriate for this message. The words are, [Have you any rivers that seems uncross able. Have you any mountains that you can’t tunnel through? God specializes in things impossible, and He can do, what no other power can do]. You know there are times in our lives that the words of this song stand true. It appears that there are rivers we find hard to cross, mountains that are hard to tunnel through. But I am so glad that our God specializes in things impossible. I can say this because of two accounts, He is sovereign which makes Him able to do whatever He wants to do whenever He want to and because He is Jehovah-Jireh, or the Lord that will provide.
Last week we spoke of Abraham and we saw his obedient faith. God had told him to leave his kindred, country and father’s house to go into a land that He would show him. It was through his obedience that he left his comfort zone and followed God’ directive into a land that his seed would occupy, although he took all the risk. So, we learn how Abraham was Faithful When the Blessing Was Not His.
Now as we look at this defining text, we will note the writer speaking of Sarah, after she tried to help God be God, by giving her hand maiden Hagar to her husband Abraham to have a son that God had promised between her and Abraham. In this text we now find her with renewed faith and able to conceived although she was in her barren years, just as the Lord had promised. This lesson will allow us to see Sarah’ faith in our God that specializes. We will not spend much time in addressing how impatient she was when she was in her barren state, but we will see a one hundred eighty degree turn around in her faith from being impatient in her faith, to trusting God for the impossible.
So, let see how Sarah’ renewed faith conquered the impossible.
First of all . . .
1. HER FAITH SHIFTED FROM WHAT SHE COULD NOT DO, TO WHAT GOD COULD DO (v.11)
“It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep His promise.”
(N. L. T.)
One of the things that damage our faith is that we
put too much faith in what we can do instead of what God can do. We simply forget that He is sovereign, and He can do whatever He wants to, whenever He wants to. Sarah had that problem as well, she attempted to give God a helping hand by giving her handmaiden to her husband Abraham to have a child that God had promised to her and Abraham. And because of her helping hand, she found her household in turmoil because of her lack of faith. She actually put her handmaiden on equal ground as she. But in the text we see a shift in her faith from what she could not do, to believing what God can do. We must understand when it comes to your faith, you must remember that God is not locked into a time frame like we are, but He is eternal and does not wear a Rolex on His arm to stay on schedule for delivery of our prayer request like UPS. Now although God took His time in giving Abraham and Sarah what He had promised, Sarah had to learn that God is never late, but He is always on time and her faith in God’s ability to deliver what He promised, made it possible for them to have a son in their barren years.