Have you ever paid dearly for a mistake? A car crash happens when a driver loses concentration for a brief moment. The outcome can cost lives, years of pain, or at the very least, big expense. Then the bitter regret sets in. If only I’d…
Sarai must have had plenty of ‘if only I’d’ moments. A rash decision to loan her servant to Abram, and she had lost position, status, self-esteem, and even the attentions of her husband. Abraham now had his son – what did he need with her?
But God had not forgotten her. Compare God’s promise to Abraham in verse 6 –
6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.
to his promise to Sarah in verse 16 –
16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”
Spot the difference? No! There isn’t one! In essence, it was the same promise. God treated them as equal partners. In God’s eyes, her status and position had never altered. Yes, she had made a big mistake, but that did not change who she was.
We all make mistakes from time to time – some more far-reaching than others. There doesn’t seem to be any concensus on the meaning of the name Sarai, but it would seem to be some sort of variation of the name Sarah, which is taken to mean ‘princess’. Maybe God was reiterating her value, since her husband seems to have forgotten it. In his eyes she was royalty, and she was going to give birth to royalty.
In God’s eyes, we are who we are. Male or female, he places a high value on each one. And it’s good to know that mistakes don’t reduce that one little bit.