Just as courage is not the absence of fear, faith is not the absence of doubt. When you make the decision to step out by faith and trust God and follow Him into the unknown, doubt often steps out behind you. Sometimes doubt may walk beside your faith, but never let it get ahead of your faith.
In her single, Who I Am, former Group 1 Crew member, Blanca, sings about the many doubts that often plague so many of us. Doubts that keep us from soaring and hold us back from being all that God created us to be.
We often hear of the fathers of the faith, the “patriarchs” of Judaism, but we don’t hear so much about the “matriarchs” – the mothers of the faith. Sarah, first called Sarai, was the faithful wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac. This makes her the mother of the Jewish people and a s(hero) to both Christians and Jews. Sarah was an amazing lady! Her story is found throughout the book of Genesis. She is also listed in Hebrews 11 Hall of Faith and mentioned in Isaiah 51:2, Romans 4:19, Romans 9:9 and 1 Peter 3:6. Here are three things we can learn from Sarah:
Most of us know about Gideon. His story can be found in Judges chapters 6-8. We remember Gideon as the “mighty warrior” who defeated the huge army of the Midianites with only 300 men. But in reality, Gideon was far from a “mighty warrior.” Gideon doubted his ability. Even after God called him through a visit from an angel, Gideon still doubted himself and Gideon also doubted God.
The Bible tells us in Galatians 4:24 about the nine fruits of the Spirit:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”