Genesis 12:1-20, 16:1-8, 17:1-22, 18:1-15, 21:1-13
Couple of things strike me with this.
#1 After losing the referral of that first little boy and we were grieving and wondering, I had a friend email me to not lose heart. That God had our “Isaac” still waiting. This comforted me so much at the time. That’s God’s promise to use would come to pass.
I try to think of Sarah and how she must have felt during all of this. Following her husband to foreign lands, the desperation of infertility, jealousy, being given to the pharaoh to protect the family, have it happen again with Abimelech and being told that the promise would come now as an ‘old woman’
and then to argue with the Lord…
Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, y"After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?" 13 The Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?' 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son." 15 But Sarah denied it, 8 saying, "I did not laugh," for she was afraid. He said, "No, but you did laugh."
How many times do I try to hurry God’s promises up…try to work out myself…make it happen the way I think it should happen.
Because, to be honest, sometimes I don’t trust God with it completely.
I love the passage on how important names were in Biblical times (one thing I love about Ethiopia)
which reminds me of this verse:
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it." (Revelation 2:17)
And I loved this:
God hints at his purpose for you by planting dreams within your heart.
What are your dreams?