While You’re Waiting
Lord, help me be sure of what I hope for and certain of what I do not see (see Heb. 11:1).
Read Genesis 17:15-27
 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah.  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.”  Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”  And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”  Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.  And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation.  But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.”  When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.  On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him.  Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised,  and his son Ishmael was thirteen;  Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that very day.  And every male in Abraham’s household, including those born in his household or bought from a foreigner, was circumcised with him. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat promises did the Lord make to Sarah?
Abraham heard from God on many occasions and, each time, God spoke about the great nation that he would build from Abraham’s descendants (12:2; 13:15-17; 15:4-6,18; 17:1; 18:10). Each time, Abraham became a little more skeptical about how God would fulfill his promise. By the time he was 100, he laughed to himself at the sheer improbability of the idea even as he fell face down in acknowledgement of God’s holiness (17). Would God perhaps like to change the terms of the agreement and transfer the blessing to the son he has by another woman? Abraham and Sarah had a long, barren wait. Still, while they might have questioned whether God would ever deliver (pun intended!), they were faithful and obedient. Today’s reading concludes with Abraham fulfilling his part of the covenant by circumcising all the males in his household (23). We all live awaiting the new age to come when God will wipe every tear from our eyes and there will be no more suffering or pain (Rev. 21:4). He is faithful to his promises but, in the meantime, how shall we wait faithfully? How shall we live?
Are you waiting for God to act in a seemingly impossible situation? Ask him to renew your faith and comfort you.
Good Lord, I want to trust You and Your promises completely. Where my faith is weak, please strengthen it.
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