Faith like Abraham and Sarai
” And now as I said concerning faith—afaith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye bhope for things which are cnot seen, which are true.”- Alma 32:21 (Book of Mormon)
Everyone’s faith wavers. In my opinion even the most devout Christian or member of the Mormon church has had a time they had a doubt about a principal or about God, no matter what they may say. What sets aside faith from fictional hopes, it is a faith in things not seen, but that are true.
There have definitely been concepts in the church I have doubted such as:
Is there a God?
Why did the church practice polygamy in the earlier days?
Why do only men have the priesthood?
However, in my thought process and talking out these doubts with others, I have realized that by living my faith what have I lost?
The conclusion I came up with is : Nothing of importance. Sure I don’t drink alcohol but in truth, missing out on that experience isn’t that big of a deal and I have never had to wake up in a car accident as a result of too much.
Sure, I wasn’t intimate with anyone before marriage, but what did I gain from that? I have a husband who loves me, a son who has a great father who will stick by my side for all eternity.
Now, Abraham yearned for children and God promised him his seed would multiply like the starts in the sky. His wife Sarai believed she could not conceive a child because of her age and had not been able to. Because the Lord had given Abraham this promise he and Sarai had faith. Sarai told Abraham that because she wasn’t able to have children that he should conceive with her handmade Hagar. (NOW, clearly people could insert a lot of other comments here about polygamy etc, but I don’t believe it was in the way we perceive child creation today. Abraham wasn’t being inappropriate about it, but he knew the Lord had a plan for him and was looking for away to make that plan a reality.)
Because of their faith and Sarai’s willingness to follow the Lord’s plan, Abraham’s seed carried on to do great things in the scriptures. Now I can’t say that my faith is that strong with the perceptions we have today, but I do believe that Sarai acted in strength and faith.
I can’t believe it would be easy for her to accept that, yet she knew the Lord had a plan. In the end Issac was born and Sarai was able to bear a child.
I doubt I am ever going to have to accept something like that in my lifetime, but if I only approached life with the faith of Sarai, I am sure life would go much smoother for me and the Lord would bless my family ten fold. This is a great example of true faith.