Stories About Women of the Bible - Sarah and Abraham
Some of the most significant people in the Bible are women. In the ancient world, women had tough lives, and they were completely under the control of their husbands and fathers. The women of the Bible demonstrated trust in God, even among difficult situations.
Take Sarah, for example. You can read her story in Genesis chapters 12-21. Sarah was married to Abraham, to whom God made an incredible promise: he would have descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, and through one of his descendants, all the nations of the world would be blessed.
The problem was that Sarah was barren, and the couple was elderly. God’s promise meant that barren Sarah would have a baby in her old age. Sarah and Abraham tried to hasten along the fulfillment of God’s promise, as she gave her servant Hagar to Abraham as a wife. Hagar gave birth to Ishmael, but that was not God’s plan.
Sarah thought she was helping God’s plan along, but God’s plan was almost too incredible. God intended for 90-year-old Sarah to give birth to a son, whom they would name Isaac. The Lord Himself came to Abraham and said “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son” (Genesis 18:14).
Sarah was listening to the conversation, and she laughed when she heard it. When the Lord gently reprimanded her for laughing, she lied, saying she didn’t laugh. Of course, God knew. He knew that Sarah would laugh, and in fact, God Himself named Sarah’s baby boy Isaac (Genesis 17:19), which means “laughter.”
Like other women of the Bible, Sarah’s faith in God’s true word wasn’t perfect. But she trusted that God is faithful— that He keeps His promises.
“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).