READ : Genesis 12:1-3
And I will make of you a great nation. (v. 2)
I can still hear my father’s voice: “Lou, never make a promise you can’t keep.” That’s
God promises Abram that he will be the father of a great nation. But how can this be,
since Abram is an old man, and childless, and his wife Sarai is barren. From this point on
in Genesis, the big question is: Will God keep his promise? Will there be a son, a nation?
Or will the whole proposition founder on Sarai’s barrenness, on human inability?
It is the ultimate question of faith: Will God keep his promise? God promises that
nothing we have to bear in this life will be beyond our ability to bear it. God promises
to walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death. God promises to resurrect us
unto life eternal. “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial,” said James,
“for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised
to those who love him” (1:12).
Will God keep his promises? If Abram had any doubts, he had only to gaze upon his son Isaac. If I have any doubts, I have only to gaze upon an empty tomb. Yes, God keeps his promises.
Lord, I believe you will do as you have promised. Amen.