"BECAUSE SHE JUDGED HIM
FAITHFUL WHO HAD PROMISED"

Hebrews 11:11

Robert Hawker
(1753-1827)


"Because she judged him faithful who had promised." --Heb. xi. 11.

I admire what the Holy Ghost hath here recorded of Sarah's faith. After what we read of the weakness of her faith at first, in the history to which this refers, I cannot but rejoice in the recovery of the great mother in Israel, through grace; and read with very much pleasure, this honourable testimony, which the Holy Ghost himself hath given of her. And I admire yet more, the grace and goodness of the Eternal Spirit, in causing it to be handed down to the church, among the list of such worthies, and desire to bless his holy name for this scripture. And while I bless God for the memorial, I pray him to give me a spirit of wisdom, to improve it to my own furtherance in faith. The faith of Sarah, like that of her husband's, was the more illustrious, from the seeming impossibilities which lay in the way of the accomplishment of God's promise. For what the Lord engaged to do, was contrary to the whole course of nature. But what was that to Sarah? All she had to do, was to consider the promise; and keep an eye upon the Almighty Promiser. If there are difficulties in the way, that is God's business, and not mine, might Sarah say. How the Lord will bring it to pass, is with him, and not with me: I have no concern with that. My province is to believe; it is God's to work. Here was an act of illustrious faith! and the sequel of Sarah's history, shews how well founded it was. But the Holy Ghost explains the subject, and shews how it was accomplished; "because she judged him faithful who had promised." Now, my soul, see to it, that thou make the same grand cause the foundation of thy faith; namely, Jehovah's faithfulness; and, depend upon it, every promise of the gospel, even Jesus, with all his fulness, thou mayest, as well as Sarah, rely upon; and thou wilt be always able to do it, as long as thou makest the same perfection of Jehovah thy confidence: "because she judged him faithful that promised." While I rest upon his faithfulness, I rest upon the Rock of Ages, which can never give way: and every difficulty, or seeming impossibility, which comes between the promise of a faithful God, and the accomplishment of that promise, hath no more to do with the thing itself, than the tide hath with unsettling the rock; but will, like the tide, soon ebb, and withdraw, and leave the ground dry. Oh! the blessedness of judging Him faithful, who hath promised.

From the POOR MAN'S MORNING AND EVENING PORTIONS.

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Robert Hawker



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