Abraham lost his best partner. Sarai, later Sarah stood beside Abraham during his days in Haran, then as he wandered through Canaan. She allowed herself to be taken as Abram’s sister–by a number of Kings. She never held a grudge, nor did her years of bareness cause her to lose faith. She waited until nearly one hundred to bear her son. She raised him faithfully and allowed God to continue to do the leading. In that mode, she watched her family grow to be wealthy and powerful, but, never expected anything; she only followed faithfully.
It is also the same today. We are in a wilderness of culture similar to the godless Canaanites. As we follow God closely, we may often feel like wanderers. We may face points in the journey where we seem like hopeless captives, homeless foreigners or simple nomads. All the while, we journey toward the promised land–Heaven. As we approach, we look more and more like the one we follow most closely. Interestingly, our journey leaves a trail of others who also adopt the relationship and legacy of those who want become like our father.
Sarah, Abraham and those who came after, had one likeness–their desire to please and honor God. That desire, the attitude of their heart was the greatest legacy they could leave. It is also the greatest legacy we can leave. God never demands perfection, only a desire to seek and follow him. So as we follow God–we need to adopt the same spirit as Sister Sarah…
God Bless You
Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. 2 She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.
3 Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said, 4 “I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.”
5 The Hittites replied to Abraham, 6 “Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.”
7 Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. 8 He said to them, “If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf 9 so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah, which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you.”
10 Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city. 11 “No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. I give it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.”
12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land 13 and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.”
14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver, but what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”
16 Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants.