“I will always keep the promise I have made to you and your descendants, because I am your God and their God.”
When Abram is 99 years old, the Lord again appears to him. He promises to give him many descendants. Abram will be the father of many nations and is now to be called Abraham.
The Lord promises to keep His promises to Abraham and his descendants. As a response to this , every male- man, boy and even slaves- is to be circumcised. Future baby boys are to be circumcised on their eighth day.
Sarai is be called Sarah. She will bear a child and will become the mother of nations.
God always keeps His promises. This is a fact that can give us hope in the darkest times.
God is faithful even when we are not. He keeps His promises to us and to our children.
We need to be careful that we heed the conditions of the promises. We often overlook the “If” and jump straight to the “I will…”
We must also learn to be patient when we claim God’s promises. He does things at the right time, not at our time. There is a 13 year gap between Genesis 16 and Genesis 17. Abraham was 100 years old when the son of promise was born.
When we think it’s too late, taking too long, past its “use by” date or just simply impossible, that is when God steps in.
God always keeps His promises. When we go off track, He coaxes us back in. When we give up hope, He gives us a glimmer of revelation to restore hope.
The only thing needed on our part is to stay faithful. God is faithful to His promise. We must remain faithful to Him.
Thank you Lord that you always keep your promises. Even when we think we have missed it, nothing is too hard for you. Amen.