I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2 NRSV)

In his first encounter with God, God promises Abraham, "I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great." No wonder Abraham was willing to pick up and move. What a promise--Abraham would be famous. But not only that, he would have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. Now this was a little sticky. After all, Abraham and Sarah were well past child-bearing age. Paul writes of Abraham, "He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead." Abraham had every reason to doubt God's promise.

The only place you ever hear of older couples having babies is on the covers of those super market papers. A few years ago there was an elderly lady--nearly 100 years old who sued one of the tabloids which printed her picture and suggested she was pregnant. Needless to say, she was not. Before God spoke to Abraham, Abraham and Sarah had long since given up on having children. But Abraham believed God's impossible promise, and in time the impossible became a reality. Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah was ninety-nine when she gave birth to their son, Isaac. Our faith in God must be a simple trust.

Dear Jesus, may I work to develop a simple faith and a simple trust in God. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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