When Faith Outperforms Science

               According to several news outlets, 68-year-old Margaret Adenuga from Nigeria recently gave birth to twins. She and her husband, Noah (77), married in 1974 but couldn’t conceive, so they tried in-vitro fertilization several times. Finally, the twins were born, a healthy boy and girl who’re doing well. 

But to top that, 73-year-old Erramatti Mangayamma from India has given birth to twin girls. They were conceived by in-vitro fertilization and delivered by caesarian section and are healthy. (It took mom a while to recover, though.) Some think this is a world record for the oldest woman to give birth… but then there’s this lady named Sarah.

                At ninety years old Sarah had a son, conceived in the natural way with her husband who was one hundred years of age. No C-section and no modern medical science to help. Now that’s a world record!

The reason Sarah surpassed these other ladies is faith. Human ingenuity and medical science can do remarkable things but can’t compete with this superior power called “faith”.

God had promised Abraham and Sarah for twenty-five years that they would produce children who’d change the world, beginning with a son from their own bodies and they believed it.

According to the Book of Genesis, they both got so tickled at the prospect of having a child in their ‘nursing home years’ that God told them to name the child “Isaac” – which means “laughter” in the Hebrew language. Finally, after decades of faithful patience, this child of promise came by their faith in God and in his words.

The Apostle Paul wrote this about Abraham & Sarah: Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations… Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God… being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:18-21 NIV)

Abraham faced the facts, yet he and Sarah didn’t put the “facts” above the truth – the truth that God had spoken, that he had promised them this child and had sworn it with an oath. And you can face the facts, the circumstances, of your life and not waver, still receiving from God what he has promised you. What has he promised you?

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17 NIV)

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