Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” -Genesis 18:13-14
“O, ye of little faith,” my mother would say at those times when I couldn’t see the way through an obstacle. Like her, many women of the Bible are stalwarts of steadfast belief and confidence in God, but not all of them or all of the time. Several of them, even those who are branches of the family tree of Jesus, had their share of doubts, disobedience, distrust in God’s power and plan. Yet even in their weakness, they still found the love and forgiveness of an omnipotent Father who knew their innermost thoughts, feelings and flaws. We all have times of weakness, moments when we make the wrong choice, we regret our actions and suffer the consequences. We are indeed fortunate that we have a God who forgives us more easily than we forgive ourselves and forgets our sin when we cannot.