Sarah the Woman of God
Look at what was written to Abraham and Sarah's descendants in Isaiah 51 starting in verse 1:
“Listen to me, you who are pursuing righteousness,
You who are seeking Jehovah.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn
And to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father
AND to Sarah who gave birth to you."
Of course not all of us are descended from them, but I'm sure you remember the scripture in Galatians which says that if you belong to Christ, you are really Abraham’s offspring, regardless of nationality. Well the Bible also says something similar about Sarah in 1 Peter 3:6, the second half:
"And you have become her children, provided you continue doing good"
So what precious qualities of Sarah's does the Bible point out to emulate? Let's read the previous three verses in this chapter, 1 Peter 3:3-5:
"Do not let your adornment be external—the braiding of hair and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothing— but let it be the secret person of the heart in the incorruptible adornment of the quiet and mild spirit, which is of great value in the eyes of God. For this is how the holy women of the past who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, subjecting themselves to their husbands"
The Bible does say that Sarah was good looking. But that didn't define her. That wasn't her identity. It was who she was inside that mattered.
Going back still further in verses 1 and 2 it says:
"In the same way, you wives, be in subjection to your husbands, so that if any are not obedient to the word, they may be won without a word through the conduct of their wives, because of having been eyewitnesses of your chaste conduct together with deep respect."
That's the attitude Sarah had. She and Abraham had frank conversations about decision making recorded in the scriptures, so this wasn't a fearful respect. On the other hand, it also wasn't a patronizing respect. It was sincere, and came natural.
Sarah also had great faith. If we look at Hebrews 11:11 it says:
"By faith also Sarah received power to conceive offspring, even when she was past the age, since she considered Him faithful who made the promise."
Isn't that something?
Jesus said the same thing when he was healing certain people. He said to them, "Your faith has made you well." Of course it was God's power that performed miracles, like allowing Sarah to have a son, but, God's power worked through her faith, and it can do the same with ours. Faith can make things happen.
Closely related to faith is trust. Sarah readily obeyed God when he told them to move far away to a distant land, trusting Him.
So, whether we're a woman or a man of any age, let's keep in mind these traits that Sarah chose to live by, such as modesty, respect, faith and trust in God.