Please read Genesis 15-17, and come on back! 🙂 Here’s what is on my mind today:
Genesis 16:13 is one of my favorites: “she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, ‘Have I also here seen Him who sees me?’ ” God always notices us, and that’s a comfort. Do you ever feel unnoticed? God sees you!
We are all familiar with Abram and Sarai’s story, and the way Sarai thought to “help” the Lord by giving her maid Hagar to Abraham. Even though Ishmael wasn’t the promised son, he was still Abraham’s son – notice how he prays for Ishmael in Genesis 17:18, “Oh, keep Ishmael alive and well before you!” Even though Sarah had made a mistake, God didn’t mean for Ishmael to be punished – He comforts Abraham by letting him know that Ishmael would be blessed as well, but Sarah’s son would be the son of promise.
Genesis 17:9 stood out to me this morning: “this is the covenant that you are to honor… generation after generation”. The Living Bible translate it like this: Abraham had a “personal” and “continual responsibility” obey the terms of the covenant. We have that same personal and continual responsibility! God is always faithful – and we have a responsibility to continue in covenant with Him. Obedience is daily and consistent.