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Genesis 21–Promise Kept, But the Adventure Continues

It came time for the birth of Isaac.  God’s chosen son of Abraham.  He brought laughter to the house and would grow to become a great nation.  Abraham had trusted God for a quarter century by the time that Isaac came upon the scene.  Now, though, there was the problem of Ishmael.  Ishmael would have been a teenager by this time.

Sarah wanted Hagar and Ishmael sent away.  This was a difficult choice for Abraham as Ishmael’s father.  Abraham did send them away, however because God told him to.  Abraham did so because God promised to take care and make Ishmael a nation as well.  When they were in the dessert, dying, God sent them help and established Hagar and Ismael far away from Sarah and Isaac.

God promised Abraham a son to become a nation. Isaac was now here, and Abraham could rest in that promise.  But God was not finished yet.  Often when we see God at work inpour lives, we become satisfied, complacent, or feeling as though we can expect nothing more from God. That is a lie.  Paul told us in Philippians 1:6, “He that has begun a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

God would continue to mold and refine Abraham until Abraham was called home.  He continues to work in us the same way.  We can never forget that the process of becoming like Christ is a lifelong process.  We must forge forward each day knowing God is moving in our lives until His return.  We must seek Him and His leadership all the days of our lives.  As we do, like Abraham, we will see God always keep His promises to us.

God Bless You

 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac[a] to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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