Friday, October 17, 2014

IF: Equip Genesis 17:15-21 & 18:1-15

Video comments from Trisha Davis & Brandi Wilson can be found here

IF I believe this to be true then:

What does it mean about God?
God makes the covenant promise to include Sarah. Issac will be the blessed son of this barren woman and Issac will be the start of the nations. God includes, not excludes, I love that!
God also knows when we think the promises given are too far out and knows when we laugh, even when we don't want to admit it. God did not pull back on the promise even though Sarah thought it unbelievable. God just went about making it work.

What does it mean about me?
When have I sensed God's calling or promise and laughed rather than respond, may it be as you have said? Too often I think of myself like Sarah, empty and maybe bitter about it. But here God still uses her, even when she has tried to take things into her own hands. God is still faithful. Sarah will get the chance to become a part of the history of God's people. Sarah will be the mother of the nation. What God promises, happens!

What does it mean about the world?
God uses imperfect people where they are for God's purposes all of the time. Something as simple as a laugh becomes a name and therefore a lesson of God's blessing. God does not let us stay where we are, God is not content with us not changing. God gives Abraham and Sarah new identities to reflect their changing and growing relationship with God. I wonder what names God has for us now? How do we live into those names?

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