Gospel Faith in the Old Testament: Sarah

Gospel Faith in the Old Testament: Sarah, Hope in Father

Hebrews 11:11; Genesis 18:12-15; 1 Peter 3:1-6; Proverbs 31:10-31

In a day in which motherhood is threatened by the fall in what seems to be more overtly than in my short history, mothers have the constant battle of motherhood in front of them.

Motherhood is a battle because it seems moms are bombarded with the thought of “am I being a good mom”.

From the “homeschool only or you and your kids are going to hell” to the “I waste my life by dropping the kids off for someone else to educate and having lunch with my friends” type of mom there is a scattered multitude of examples that may not be dead on.

However, each mom seems to be tempted to want to be one that she is currently not.

There is sometimes this weird and very westernized idea of the Christian mom that floats around and it has a tendency to make moms feel guilty and believe they are failing.

1. They stay at home. Literally they stay at home. This mom does nothing outside of the home.

2. They are wealthy, and therefore, able to have all necessary tasks hired out.

3. They have lunch with their girlfriends, and when they miss those dates they feel like Satan is

attacking.

4. They have the most up to date clothing (which if sold could keep a missionary on the field for

their term) and are constantly adding more.

5. They possess debt up to their eyeballs to present their children as well dressed but lacking in

character

6. They look down with condemnation on the mom who needs to work to do what is necessary to

make things happen

First, don’t be like this.

Second, read your bible and imitate the women of Scripture, I promise they don’t look anything like this.

Third, don’t look at this and envy it. Find your hope in the Lord

1. Locate your hope in Father, Son and Spirit

Hebrews 11:11; Genesis 18:12-15

Sarah hoped in the Lord. She looked away from herself and her barrenness and her age and banked on Father for the fulfillment of his promise that she would have a child and be the mother of many nations.

This didn’t come easy for Sarah. In fact, when she heard the Lord make the promise to Abraham, she laughed to herself and did not believe (Genesis 18:12).

But then the Lord rebuked her for the laughter of unbelief, and said, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14–15).

And the next thing we hear from Sarah is praise to Father when Isaac is born. She says,

“God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me… Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” (Genesis 21:6-7)

She gives Father the glory for Isaac, and so we may assume, with the writer of Hebrews, that Father’s rebuke and the reminder that nothing is too hard for the Lord restored Sarah’s faith and caused her to hope in God.

So women who hope in God are women who look away from the troubles and miseries and obstacles of life that seem to make the future bleak, and they focus their attention on the sovereign power and love of God who rules in heaven and does on earth whatever he pleases.[1]

A. Hoping in the Lord is made available in salvation, but grasping it is a discipline

1. To hope in the Lord rather than your own ability or your own foresight runs against

the grain of the fall in our ladies.

a. Stay in Scripture

b. Listen to your godly leadership (husband, dads, mentors, pastors)

c. Don’t act on your fallen impulses of emotion (do not trust your heart)

d. Obey Scripture’s mandate on who and what you are to be not the culture

around you

e. Wait on the Lord!!!

Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

(Psalm 25:3 ESV)

2. Be like Sarah, adorn yourself with a gentle and quiet spirit that fears no challenge

1 Peter 3:1-6

A. Be gentle and quiet not rough and obtrusive

The fall reversed the tendency of women be gentle and quiet in submission to godly leadership to “your desire shall be for your husband”. The fall made the tendency of the woman to be to take over the headship of the home.

1. Submit to your husbands (if you are not married submit to your dad, or older mentor

or the church body to which you belong)

a. Submission is not a bad word.

b. John 5:19, Jesus submitted to Father

c. John 14-16, Holy Spirit submits to Jesus

d. Submission is imitating Trinity

2. Submit to the Father

You ever been in the store and watched the difference between and quiet and gentle mom and an off the chain woMAN? You usually see this at Wal-Mart. The immediate churning of the stomach that makes you know that something is just way off with that. That is because it is way off.

B. Be fearless at the challenge of mothering with the less than ideal challenge in front of you

4. Work hard obeying the demand of the Gospel and your home

Proverbs 31:10-31

A. No room for laziness in the Kingdom

B. Obey the Lord’s call on your family and don’t compare your call to others

C. Fill your home with gospel purpose and fill your day with the strategy to accomplish that

purpose and don’t look back (obey the Lord and don’t let anyone condemn you for your

obedience)

D. Encourage one another in your holy and precious job of mothering


[1] Piper, sermon on “Women who Hope in God”

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