Throughout Advent, we posted blogs each week based on the Lectionary Readings for the previous Sunday. It was truly an awesome experience to travel through Advent with the universal church by praying, meditating, and responding to those texts. We loved it so much, we thought we’d do it again throughout Lent.
When Abram was 99 years old, the LORD appeared to him, saying, “I am God Almighty. Live in My presence and be blameless. I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you greatly.”
Then Abram fell facedown and God spoke with him: “As for Me, My covenant is with you: you will become the father of many nations. Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you. I will keep My covenant between Me and you, and your future offspring throughout their generations, as an everlasting covenant to be your God and the God of your offspring after you.
God said to Abraham, “As for your wife Sarai, do not call her Sarai, for Sarah will be her name. I will bless her; indeed, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will produce nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”
–Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 (HCSB)
My friend, Mary Jean Powers, asks, “When heaven talks about you, what do they say?” When heaven talked about Abraham, they talked about his descendants who are as numerous as the stars in the sky, as countless as the sand on the seashore, like dust on the earth. They talked about his faith and obedience. Are these the same things his family, friends, and neighbors were saying of Abraham?
Not a bit! Not only did Abraham not have any sons, he didn’t have a single child, and the time for having children for both him and his wife had long ago passed.
But heaven continued talking and dreaming and seeing who Abraham was created to be. This passage is not the first time Abraham had heard these words. He had heard them before when he was 75 years old and his wife was 65 years old and the Lord had commanded him to leave his home and country and to travel to a new land, promising to make him into a great nation (Gen. 12:1-7). He had heard them before when he prepared to settle in Canaan, that foreign land to which Go had led him (Gen. 13:14-18). He had heard them in a vision after he had rescued his nephew Lot (Genesis 15:4-5). And now he was hearing it again, 24 years later.
In Genesis 21 we find that in the following year, God did what He promised, and we know that for thousands of years, yes even today, people still refer to the Lord as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. A man who the world saw as a childless man, God saw as a father — the father of a multitude!
What promises has God made to you? Read His Word and search it out!
For every one of God’s promises is “Yes” in Him. Therefore, the “Amen” is also spoken through Him by us for God’s glory. Now it is God who strengthens us, with you, in Christ and has anointed us. He has also sealed us and given us the Spirit as a down payment in our hearts. – 2 Corinthians 1:20-22
When heaven talks about you, what do they say?