Winston Churchill said, “History is written by the victors.” When you read Hebrews Chapter 11, that is certainly true. When God told Abraham’s and Sarah’s story, he omitted the Ishmael, the time they both laughed at the promise, the two times Abraham lied and said Sarah was his sister to protect himself, and the mistreatment of Hagar. God only wrote of their obedience, their faith, their victory.
The legacy of Father Abraham and Mother Sarah is not their times of failures but their times of faithfulness. History is written by the victors.
Take heart my brothers and sisters. You are a victor! Your legacy will not be your failures, your mistakes, your troubles. Your legacy will be your “despites”. Despite your adversary you achieved. Despite your mistakes, you got backup again. Despite your doubts, you had faith. Despite the odds stacked against you, you overcame. Despite the failed marriage you laughed. Despite the child who was wayward, you prayed. Despite life knocking you down every now and then, you stood tall.
When you get to heaven and God tells your story, He will tell an epic tale of a child who believed, who overcame, who was victorious. We should begin to see our story as God sees our story. You are the victor. Write your story.
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.”
Hebrews 11:8-11 NIV