For years God had promised Abraham a son. In Genesis 21 Sarah finally gets pregnant and births Isaac. This son is circumcised like God commanded. And all of this happens in the span of a few verses. Yet, the surrounding text is full of drama. In Genesis 20, Abraham is once again caught in a situation where he feels the need to lie or tell half truths about his wife Sarah. Then, after Isaac’s birth, family drama forces him to send away his firstborn son, Ishmael, and his slave-wife Hagar. Yet, in the midst of all this drama, we find that God remains faithful to his promise. Abraham’s sinful blunders did not keep God from keeping his word.
The more I read about Abraham, I am encouraged by his life. Abraham was a real man with real issues. He had moments of high faith and trust in the Lord, as well as moments when he took life into his own hands. My life is the same way, and probably yours too. So, it’s encouraging to see how God continues to work despite Abraham’s missteps.
Can you relate to the ups and downs of Abraham’s life?