Live with the complete confidence toward God that He will take all things in your marriage and work them together for good. (Rom 8:28)
Heroines inspire greatness in us, we love them. Especially ones that are spotlighted in our visible world. Think: Joan of Arcadia, and Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side. Even in fiction what woman doesn’t admire Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan, in The Help.
But in Sarah, we find a different kind of heroine.
She possessed all the heroic traits, she was: Tenacious, Daring, Courageous, and Bold, yet they were funnelled in a different direction. The problem we have with this heroine is that she’s very counter-cultural.
Sarah calls wives to a subversive fight that is played out on an unseen battlefield; her war is in the spiritual realm. Her success had effects that not only reached beyond the circumstances she was experiencing in her own marriage but also into the generations of her lineage that would give us our Saviour. Talk about the butterfly effect. Where would Abraham have landed if she had responded, No, you do this yourself, I won’t help you. What about the Nation of Israel; what about US!
I love that the complete conversation between Abraham and Sarah wasn’t recorded … some things between a husband and wife are just too intimate for sharing. Did she argue or belittle Abraham because of his fear? I doubt that she did. I think Abraham knew his wife and he knew he could be vulnerable with her. Notice he didn’t ORDER her to obey …. He requested it. How much he must have trusted her to make this request.
Tenacious and Daring
Sarah lived her life towards what God would do. She was a tenacious hunter of demons. Abraham asked her to trade her safety and well-being for his own. This takes a daring woman. Satan came at her through the weakness in Abraham’s flesh: his fear.
Sarah had no guarantee of what was in her future, all she knew was that her husband was asking for her courage. And in Sarah’s corner we have …
No 10 commandments
No spiritual books
Just her, God and a story handed down from 20 generations ago. Talk about a determination of faith!
Paul talks about times of abasing and abounding, surely this type of struggle in marriage would be one of abasing. Satan threw his best shot at her and instead of cowering in a victim mentality or protesting about how sinful Abraham’s fear was, she boldly turned, squared herself against Satan and respond positively to Abraham’s request: HOOYAH
Isn’t she amazing? I can’t help but get the feeling that Sarah calls to us from the past saying:
“Look at me. I am a warrior and am ready!”