Things simply moved along for 13 years–Abram, Sarai, Hagar and Ishmael all did life together. Abram lived his nomadic life and God was quiet. I am certain that Abram thought that the birth of Ishmael marked the end of God’s plan for him. He probably thought many days–was I wrong, was all that covenant stuff a dream–then God appeared again. Abram–walk faithfully and blamelessly before me and we will amend our Covenant a bit!
Abram was dumbfounded and did what any good follower would do–he fell on his face knowing he was unworthy to be in God’s presence. Instead of being punished by God, however, he was being re-commissioned–the father of many nations. In his second century of life, Abraham–his new name, would be fruitful and would be the start of a lineage that would bring God across the world.
What an amazing promise. God was not ever displeased, he was simply preparing Abraham for a big job–being the patriarch of many nations and rulers across the world. I am sure Abraham was astounded as he only had the one son by his wife’s maid and did not own even one acre of land.
One always needs to remember that God’s ways are never our ways. He loves to take the impossible and make it possible. Here–he would make a wandering nomad the father of the middle eastern world, but what of our lives? Is God simply quiet, or is he preparing us to do something amazing?
Like Abraham, we have to continue to journey forward and allow God to prepare us for what HE has in mind. We cannot out guess him, out act him or even help him to get his plan implemented. Like Abraham, we must simply fall face down in reverence and follow his lead–it may seem strange or even impossible, but with God–all things are possible.
God Bless You
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty[a]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram[b]; your name will be Abraham,[c] for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”