"And I will bless her and give you a son from her! Yes, I will bless her richly, and she will become the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will be among her descendants."

Genesis 17:16

God announces to Abraham his intention to bless Sarai beyond her wildest dreams. Her new name, Sarah, from the Hebrew word for princess, points to her becoming a mother of a son. Through this son will come rulers of many nations. What an amazing promise! For a ninety-year-old woman to bear a child is a miracle indeed. But this is exactly what God says he will do. Sarah will indeed be richly blessed.

As Christians, we also receive marvelous promises from God: peace, power, eternal life, God's abiding presence, etc. God's promises give us hope when we feel discouraged, strength when we are weak.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: Which of God's promises do you regularly remember? Why? How do God's promises impact your daily life?PRAYER:  As I read of your amazing promise to Sarah, I think of all you have promised to me, dear Lord. Your goodness exceeds my comprehension and gladdens my heart. Thank you for all you have promised. And thank you that I have begun, even now, to receive the bounty of your future. How utterly blessed I am to know you, gracious God, and to receive your promises. Amen.
Mark Roberts is the Executive Director of Digital Media and the Theological and Cultural Steward for Foundations for Laity Renewal. As Executive Director, Mark oversees The High Calling team and...
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