by Kristen C. Strocchia
“And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.” Hebrews 11:11-12
Steadfast. Constant. Unswerving. By faith–absolute certainty in what she could not see–Sarah considered God to be all these things. And God was the one who promised she would become pregnant in her senior years when there was no human way that she could get pregnant.
So when Abraham was close to the end of his life, when it seemed like God would not uphold His end of the promise, God gave Abraham and Sarah the promised son–Isaac. But Abraham died before his grandsons were conceived. He never saw the fulfillment of the promise that he would be made into a mighty nation of people. He only saw the very first part of the promise, a son, who would later have two sons. One of these sons–Jacob–would later have twelve sons that would become the tribal divisions of Israel, God’s chosen people. These twelve tribes would multiply greatly during their days in Egypt, so that 600,000 fighting men [Exodus 12:37] plus women and children–all the descendants of Abraham–left in the exodus. Some estimate that, accounting for the unnumbered women and children, Abraham’s descendants just in the line of Jacob totaled nearly 2.5 million people.
Maybe it’s not quite equivalent to the stars in the sky or the sand on the seashore, but the hyperbolic analogy holds. God kept his promise to Abraham throughout the generations, because Abraham and Sarah believed that He would.
Has God given you a promise about your life? Even if He hasn’t spoken to you as specifically as He spoke to Abraham and Sarah, God has given us many promises in His Word. He will be steadfast and unswerving to fulfill his end.
Will your faith–your absolute certainty in God–be unwavering, waiting to receive the fulfillment of His promises?