Agree or Disagree?
“Without a doubt, Sarah is the most important woman in the Old Testament. She is the equivalent in the Old Testament of the Virgin Mary in the New Testament. She expressed her pursuit of the magnificent obsession in a supporting role. I don’t believe for a minute that Abraham would have become the man he did without her support and encouragement.”
“What makes Sarah remarkable is that devoted her life to Abraham, giving him her support and encouragement through good times and bad so that he could wholeheartedly abandon himself to God and His call.”
– Anne Graham Lotz, The Magnificent Obsession, pg.213-214
Meet Mrs. Abraham, aka Sarah. Military wives, you think you’ve moved a lot? Sarah was a wrap-up-the-tent and pack-it-on-the-camels, country-hopping expert! And guess what, things did NOT always go so well for her… as you have discovered in your homework.
I have been mulling over two thoughts this past week:
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” -George Santayana (p.83) Do you remember our theme verse from the first day of class? Romans 15:4 says “Whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
Ladies – we need to learn from the past! From our own past, and from the experiences of others. When we look back we should be encouraged and have hope – God is faithful. We will not be abandoned. He is our ‘ezer – our Helper, a Mighty Warrior, our Strength, and our Refuge!
Secondly, why am I always trying to fix things myself? Wouldn’t it be a lot easier, less stressful, and turn out better in the end if I just let God do it His way? Without my meddling? “Some of us never see God’s miraculous provision because we’re too busy trying to fulfill our own needs through the arm of the flesh.” (p.88)
We’ll talk more about “helping God out” next week, lesson #4 – Hagar.
“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” George Muller (p.82)