It seemed unlikely that Sarai would even get pregnant. By this point, all her friends would have nestled into grandparent status, so it seemed more realistic to let this dream go.
But God is faithful.
If He declares something will happen, it will happen. We don’t have to question the timing, doubt His character, fear we misunderstood His promise or direction—we can know, in due time, actually in perfect time, He will come through for us. And when He does, God’s plan will unfold even better than we could’ve hoped for.
Sarai just wanted a baby to love, swaddle, nurse, feed, and raise. Whether it was a boy or girl, Sarai didn’t care; one beating heart in the body of an infant would be more than enough. He or she would provide enough joy for a lifetime. But notice God didn’t just give her any, ordinary baby. “I will bless her richly, and she will become the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will be among her descendants.” She would raise a son, and as a matter of course and through the ripple effect of her motherhood, she would raise world changers, world leaders, royalty. Can you imagine?
And Sarai had no way of knowing this fully in her lifetime, but Jesus Christ would Himself be born through her lineage. The Great High Priest, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings would be in her family tree centuries later.
It may seem unlikely for you to get a certain promotion, to ever celebrate cancer-free, to actually meet a solid Christian to date and maybe even marry, or for you, like Sarai, it feels impossible to get pregnant. You’ve started to wonder if maybe it’s more realistic to just let this dream go.
Lean in and read closely today. Refuse to believe your doubts. Turn your eyes to the heavens, because that’s where your help comes from—the Lord who made heaven and earth. It doesn’t matter if it seems impossible to you; nothing is impossible to God. And He is faithful. And His plans for you are good and better than you could ever imagine. It’s safe to put your trust in Jesus and His power today for He will bless us richly.
- While we wait, it’s important to preach to and encourage our souls when doubts and fears cross our minds. These two truths alone should dispel all lingering question marks: “God is faithful, and His plan for me is good.” Write this declaration down, so whenever your faith wavers, you can reset and refocus.
- Psalm 121 reminds us that it’s the Lord Himself who watches over us. Verses 7-8 in particular say, “The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.” May this be our prayer: “Lord, You don’t sleep or take breaks from watching over me, but you are always on guard. Help me to remember and declare this truth—especially when I doubt and feel weak in my future and in my faith. Thank you for having control and having good plans for my life.”
Sarai Is Named Sarah
15 Then God said to Abraham, “Regarding Sarai, your wife—her name will no longer be Sarai. From now on her name will be Sarah. 16 And I will bless her and give you a son from her! Yes, I will bless her richly, and she will become the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will be among her descendants.”
17 Then Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself in disbelief. “How could I become a father at the age of 100?” he thought. “And how can Sarah have a baby when she is ninety years old?” 18 So Abraham said to God, “May Ishmael live under your special blessing!”
19 But God replied, “No—Sarah, your wife, will give birth to a son for you. You will name him Isaac, and I will confirm my covenant with him and his descendants as an everlasting covenant. 20 As for Ishmael, I will bless him also, just as you have asked. I will make him extremely fruitful and multiply his descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But my covenant will be confirmed with Isaac, who will be born to you and Sarah about this time next year.”
5 Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are their ancestors, and Christ himself was an Israelite as far as his human nature is concerned. And he is God, the one who rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
6 Well then, has God failed to fulfill his promise to Israel? No, for not all who are born into the nation of Israel are truly members of God’s people! 7 Being descendants of Abraham doesn’t make them truly Abraham’s children. For the Scriptures say, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted,” though Abraham had other children, too. 8 This means that Abraham’s physical descendants are not necessarily children of God. Only the children of the promise are considered to be Abraham’s children. 9 For God had promised, “I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
10 This son was our ancestor Isaac. When he married Rebekah, she gave birth to twins. 11 But before they were born, before they had done anything good or bad, she received a message from God. (This message shows that God chooses people according to his own purposes; 12 he calls people, but not according to their good or bad works.) She was told, “Your older son will serve your younger son.” 13 In the words of the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau.”
14 Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not!15 For God said to Moses,
“I will show mercy to anyone I choose,
and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.”
16 So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it.
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