Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May 5, 2010

"And they followed the lead of their own husbands. Sarah was like that. She obeyed Abraham. She called him her master. Do you want to be like her? Then do what is right. And don't give in to fear. " I Peter 3:5-6
How would you like to be remembered?
Four things are mentioned about Sarah and they are all good. I would be honored to have even one of them said about me. Let's review:
1) She obeyed Abraham
2) She honored him
3) She did what was right
4) She did not give into fear
Sarah, wife of Abraham and mother of the Jewish race, is memorialized in these two verses. Let's consider that as we continue our tribute to great women of the Bible.
Sarah was a half-sister to Abraham and ten years younger than him. She became his wife and then God called Abraham to begin a great adventure of faith that would eventually result in him becoming the father of a nation. Obviously, to accomplish that would require both of them. So the call of God came to them as a couple - a team. Abraham fulfilling the destiny that God called him to depended on her assistance. It wasn't just his calling it was their calling! For God's plan to be completed would require her to be in right relationship with God and to be right with Abraham. There is a lesson right there! You can't be at odds with your husband and be good with God.
This destiny to which God called them required them to live as nomads. They would be leaving the safety and security of their home and their families to wander in an unfamiliar land headed to an unknown destination. How many women would want that lifestyle?
Abraham and Sarah gave up everything they knew in order to gain possession of something that they had never seen and could only imagine. God had asked them to make significant sacrifices sight unseen. That meant both of them had to be in agreement together and with God.
Out of their sacrifice and out of their struggles came the nation that produced a Savior. If Abraham had not obeyed God and if Sarah had not yielded to Abraham, we might still be lost in our sins.
Abraham is the historical figure and the highly honored patriarch, but Sarah was the woman behind the man! From the womb of Sarah came a nation and a Savior and a spiritual kingdom that will never end!
Because she obeyed Abraham, she honored him, she did what was right and she did not give in to fear! Great women become great because they do great things.
What great thing will you do today?

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