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.
In Judges 4:17, Jael is identified as the wife of Heber the Kenite, and she is closely associated with the judge and prophetess, Deborah. Together, God used these two women to help the Israelites win the battle against their oppressive enemies: Jabin, Sisera, and the powerful Canaanite army. Unlike Deborah, Jael was not a judge or a prophetess. She did not have any public position of power. She was a simple homemaker (or in those days, tentmaker). Her story shows how God can use anyone, even the most average of women, to pull off amazing feats for His glory.
Have you ever felt tired of doing everyday things like homework or chores? Or have you gotten really excited about something and then found out it wasn’t going to happen at all? Maybe you awoke one day and started stressing about a really hard test. Or you may have felt too scared to go up to a stranger and tell them about Jesus. Well, do not fear because you are not alone!
On Sunday, June 23, 2013, Nik Wallenda walked 1400 feet on a two-inch-thick cable above the Little Colorado River Gorge, near the Grand Canyon. And he made it look terrifyingly easy. Yet it took faith for him to step out on that cable. It took faith in God. It took faith in himself. It took faith in his aspiration to do something awesome.