So, our God, the One we praise and worship today, the One who spoke into the chaos and moulded creation from it, the One who breathed the breath of life into Adam’s lifeless form, is the same God who speaks a word of promise to the barren womb of Sarah and brings to it fertility. The same God who would one day speak into the cavernous tombs of Lazarus and Jesus and give life to the dead!
The same God who calls things that are not as though they were. (I love that sentence.) What power! What magnificence! How awe inspiring when we take time to sit and ponder these miracles.
The story of Isaac’s birth is a very familiar one to read. I encourage you to marvel anew at how God honours his promises in unusual ways – calling things that are not as though they were. Nothing is beyond His capabilities. He doesn’t forget or get distracted. His promise to an old man in 12:2 And 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 and later when Abram was 75 the Lord appeared to Him to say, “To your offspring I will give this land.” Abram still had to wait 25 more years before any evidence of this audacious statement coming to fruition. I can imagine my doubt, annoyance, frustration, if it was me waiting year after year for such a promise. But not Abram. Romans 4:19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old) or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. A reminder to me about waiting on God’s timing.
Let us today take some time and really ponder the magnificence of God, the One with power to call things that are not as though they were, the One who has intimate knowledge of each and every one of us and despite that, shows us the gentlest love and compassion.