I am reminded that God meant what He said. Abram has messed it all up. He failed to wait on God and now he has a son on the way with Hagar. Clearly God’s plan was for Abram and Sarai to bear children to become God’s kingdom of priests that would lead the world to the Lord. So, since Abram failed to trust God, now there would be a second covenant.
This time, however, Abraham literally had to put some skin in the game. In the first covenant, God counted Abram’s faith as his part of the price. In the second covenant, Abraham, and all the males, had to be circumcised as a part of the contract. So now Abraham would be the patriarchal ancestor for many nations. Down the line, royal lineages will follow. Still, God did not back away from any part of His promise to Abraham.
In Abraham’s life and in ours, God remains faithful EVEN when we do not. There is no doubt that God still planned for Israel and the nation of priests, but, God had to allow for Abraham’s sin and play the hand that was dealt, and that is what the Lord did. In Jeramiah 29:11, God tells His people–“I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans to prosper you and not to harm you. they are plans to give you hope and a future.”
As with any Dad, God never gives up and will do all that He can to take us as we are; then, use our journey to change us, complete us, and use us for the mission He has set before us. He does not worry about making course adjustments along the way, but there is little doubt those changes will also affect our journey and what we must do to complete it.
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.”
9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised.