The Lord gave great promises to Sarah and Abraham about their posterity, but Sarah was 90 years old before they saw that promise fulfilled.
What blessings or promises are you waiting for in your life?
What can you do to exercise faith in seeing the promises “afar off” as Elder Condie counsels?
19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
Important components of faith are patience, long-suffering, and enduring to the end. The Apostle Paul recounts the faith of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Sara, concluding that “these all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” These faithful Saints knew that this earth life was a journey, not their final destination.
When Abram was 75 years old, the Lord promised him, “I will make of thee a great nation”—this at a time when he and Sarai as yet had no children. He was 86 when Sarai’s handmaiden Hagar “bare Ishmael to Abram.”
And the Lord changed Abram’s name to Abraham and Sarai’s name to Sarah, and when he was nearly a hundred and she was 90 they were promised that Sarah would bear a son to be named Isaac. Amidst their disbelief the Lord asked: “Is any thing too hard for the Lord?” And “Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age,” and the Lord promised: “I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore.”
Elder Spencer J. Condie