It was bleak and impossible for Sarah. She was barren and past the age of child bearing, and child bearing was the most honorable thing a woman could do in her day. She was not blessed with children at this point, but God gave her a promise that everything was about to change.
The key to this scripture is Sarah’s opinion of God’s promise. The word of the Lord was given, but it was Sarah’s job to consider it true and possible. And at the point of her consideration, the text reads that she was able to receive God’s power to make her strong to conceive of her miracle.
It is our estimation of the Word that gives it power in our lives. And it is God’s faithfulness that both provides the Word and the strength to receive it into our spiritual wombs so that it can come to fruition.
Sarah considered that the One who had promised her the impossible in her life, was faithful to make it happen. Let us receive strength by considering God faithful to perform God’s word and work over our lives.
Oh God, I consider you faithful to your Word in my life today. Help me receive more of the help that you want to give me, more of the strength that you have provided for me, so that I may receive your promise. I place my hope in You, faithful One, and trust in your willingness to bless me even when I feel I have passed my window of opportunity. Let it be done, and let it be so. Amen.