I always thought Abraham’s wife, Sarah, to not exactly fit with Abraham. She laughs when the angels tell him about her impending motherhood. She has Ishmael and his mother sent out into the desert to die when it was she the Bible said gave Hagar to Abraham, in the first place. She just doesn’t seem like the faithful type.
But while reading through the first part of Abraham’s story again, I started to get a hint of understanding. To save his own skin, Abraham lets rulers take her to be their wife not once, but twice! That must have made it very difficult for her to trust Abraham and, in turn, the God that he followed.
This is an excellent reminder for all of us that we must look to God for who He is, and not get hung up on the sinfulness of the Christians around us (me being one of those sinful Christians!). It is also an excellent reminder for us, as Christians, that people are going to look to us to get an understanding of who God is, so our behaviors will impact people’s ability to trust God both positively and negatively.