September 21, 2012Sarah – Woman Of Worth
If Abraham is known as the ‘father of faith’ then it is only fitting to consider Sarah to be the ‘mother of faith’. However a study of the life of Sarah would prove to be rather interesting.
Her life before the call of God to her husband reveals that she was an idol worshipper. This is evidenced by the fact (Joshua: 24: 2) that the bible records this. Also Abraham’s father name was ‘Terah’ which is the Hebrew for ‘moon-god’ (Gen: 11: 27 – 32).
Even more interesting is the fact that her name was first ‘Sarai’, which in the Hebrew means the following:
To dominate; head person; captain; governor; lord; or one who exercises rule or dominion.
In the bible a person’s name is indicative of the person’s character, so here we see that Sarai was a “bossy” wife as a matter of fact she launched into her call from God in that same state and tried to bring to pass His Will. Her condition was further encouraged when he compromised his position of authority and asked her to lie (Gen: 12: 10 – 13).
She even tried to control the will of God in demanding that Abram establish the promised seed through her maid Hagar. We know the end result of that and the attendant frustration that resulted.
However this woman represented so many of today’s women who try to move the hand of God through improper means. (Although I firmly believe that there are times when wives need to rise up and take a stand otherwise the ship would sink; for example Zipporah, Moses wife in Exodus: 4: 1 – 26, especially verses 25 & 26).
But then we see this woman coming to such a place of incredible submission and brokenness before the Lord that her name was changed from Sarai to Sarah (Gen: 17: 15 – 16); which now meant: – Mistress; a female noble: – lady; princess; queen.
What a mighty change, what a mighty woman; this change was so significant that Peter had to bring clarity to the hearts of the believers in I Peter: 3:6 & Gen: 18:12.
She changed from being “lord” to where she can now call her husband lord, what a tremendous transformation.
Sarah the one who will now bring the ‘will of God’ into the earth had completely changed and was now ready for Isaac to be born.
So many of us miss this valuable lesson to be learnt from the life of Sarah and keep aborting the purpose of the Lord for our lives, BUT this woman came to her senses and turned around and because of that the Church is where it is today. Please remember that change is a requirement for successful kingdom living!