Illustration: “Over the Town” by Marc Chagall, oil on canvas, 1918.
“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai” (Genesis 16:1-2).
God had promised Abraham that he would be a great nation, that his descendants would number as many as the stars in the heavens. He and his wife, Sarah, did not have any children and she seemed too old to bear any. Abraham wandered onto the path of self-reliance. Not believing God’s promise could be fulfilled through his union with Sarah, Abraham had a child with her maidservant Hagar. But this was not God’s plan.
When Abraham was one hundred years old, God gave him a child with Sarah. “And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him” (Genesis 21:2). One hundred years old! God does fulfill His promises, at the very time He promises. Abraham learned that God was worthy of his trust.
God has been fulfilling promises since the beginning of time, including His promise to provide a Savior for the nations. When Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden because of their sin, God promised that a Savior would come from their offspring. Approximately 2000 years later, God promised Abraham that a Savior would come to the world through his descendants. About 2000 years later, Jesus Christ, our Savior, was born. Now 2000 years later, God is keeping His promise to you. The Savior is for you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for keeping Your promises. Today, give me an opportunity to share the promised Savior with someone else. In Y’shua’s name, Amen.
Ponder the path: God’s promises are worthy of trust! How is God calling you to serve Him and spread the Promise?