The life of Sarah - "Waiting on God" | Bible Study

Sarah is a woman in the bible that many people are familiar with, even non-believers. Sarah's story is so empowering and I thought what better way to kick start this women's bible study series with getting a few key gems from the life of this amazing woman.

During the wait.

So first of all, we hear it all the time; "You have not been put on a shelf and have not been forgotten by God." Sometimes we need that reminder because it does feel like that. One thing we learn about God from Sarah's story is that there is a purpose for the wait. God didn't just leave Sarah barren for years as banter. He didn't even do it to just see how long she would last, or how long she will be able to wait for. But during her wait, God was still working on her behalf, He was preparing her, He was making her. Sometimes it may feel like the wait is purposeless and that God is punishing us by making us wait for certain things in our life. Ok, I'll be honest sometimes it does feel like it, but Sarah's story reminds us about how purposeful God is. During the wait, don't just be idle. Pray, worship, ask God for wisdom, sow the right seeds, surrender, grow in your relationship with the Lord and be obedient to whatever the Lord tells you to do. And most importantly do not compare your story with that of another sister, you don't know what they had to go through to get to where they are today. Remember, Sarah was carrying the seed of a whole nation.

"Don't compare your season of waiting to someone else's season of harvest."

Sometimes we may be in a season of waiting, a season of being made by God. Be patient, don't compare yourself to someone who has already been through that process or even someone who is "self-made" who hasn't had to go through the very important process you are going through right now. The truth is that everyone's process is different, everyone's story is different. Don't eat your seed because you are in a rush to get to your harvest. As much as it might be difficult for us to accept, God has a will for each and every one of us and His desire is for us to submit to His will for our lives.

God's will, but your way?

Ok, so we say we want God's will, but do we want God's way? The truth is that sometimes we get to a point where we truly want God's will for our lives, but we still find ourselves trying to get there our own way. We see a clear example of this in Sarah's story. Sarah clearly wanted God's will for her to have a child to come to pass. But what does she do? She comes up with a plan to do it her own way (giving her maid to her husband to have a baby for her). The truth is that sometimes while we are in the wait, there will be times when God is silent and it can be very tempting in those times to take matters into our own hands. It can be very tempting to settle. We may criticise Sarah's choices and decisions in that season of her life, but what happens when we find ourselves in a similar place, presented with the option of taking matters into our own hands?

We are crying out to God for what He promises, and not only do years pass by, but He says nothing. This is the season where more than ever, our trust in God becomes a priority. It's very easy to say but I encourage you to wait on the Lord. Don't make a permanent decision in a temporary season. There may be mistakes that we make on the way (I mean we are human), but avoid making decisions that can have a detrimental impact on where God wants to take you. And even if you do make mistakes, your past does not stop God's purpose and plan for your life. It's God will, but it must also be God's way. God's way is the best way as is often said by many! God's way may not always be the easy way, but we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

But what happens when we mess things up ourselves?

God who promised is faithful.

Now the beautiful thing about Sarah's story is that it teaches us that despite our mistakes God still comes through. So, I'm obviously not saying go off and do what you like, intentionally take things into your own hands, the promise is assured. What I am saying is, if you have made mistakes on your journey (which we all do), learn from Sarah's story, "even when we are faithless, God remains faithful." Can I get a Hallelujah!!! Thank God for that truth. We see that God eventually came through in His "appointed time" and blessed Sarah with her own child, from her own womb. You see when God says something or gives you a promise, you don't need to take shortcuts or manipulate the situation. He will and He always does come through. The key word is "appointed time" and my prayer for all the sisters reading this right now is that you will wait on God's appointed time for whatever God may have promised you, and that you will not settle. Remember, not everything that glitters is gold. Hagar birthing a child on behalf of Sarah probably looked like gold to her at the time. But one thing we know is that you cannot fake gold. Gold is the authentic, the real, the genuine and that was what God did. One thing that I have learned in life is that the glitter seems to always come before the gold. So let's discern and know that the true gold comes from our Father and from Him alone.

Is anything too hard for the Lord? | No, God does the impossible!

And finally, I just want to encourage my sisters as I end this post. Sometimes on this journey called life we face the impossible. And when we face the impossible, of course it doesn't seem possible. But one key thing that Sarah's story teaches us is that God does the impossible, there is nothing too hard for the Lord. In Genesis 18:14 we are told, "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.” And Sarah indeed had a son as the Lord had said. Someone may be reading this and maybe you have been waiting on the Lord for years. You just know that He has placed this desire within you. But year after year you see no sign of this thing, apart from in the lives of others. "Has God forgotten me?" you may wonder. "Is there something wrong with me?" You may even be at the point of giving up. Or at the point of believing that maybe it is impossible. That thing that you have been waiting for, is it possible for it to still happen even after all these years? I want to remind you today sister, God does the impossible. He did it for Sarah and He can do it for you. Keep believing. The beautiful thing about Sarah's story is that despite her doubts, her fears, her mistakes and possibly her insecurities, she is listed in Hebrews 11 as a woman of faith who "by faith received the power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised."

Sister, let us consider the Lord faithful who has promised. For His promises are yes and Amen. There is nothing too hard for the Lord!

I pray that this mini bible study has blessed someone. Share this with another sister and be a blessing to her. Next week we will be back to discuss another woman from the bible. Can you guess who it is?

Catch you back here again next week x

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Lots of love,

Sister Maria ;)

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