"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.


When we become Christians, we don't merely choose an eternity in heaven over hell. Rather, we are "born again"; like a newborn child, each of us enters into a new life that we fully inhabit, day-in and day-out. God desires that we pursue a relationship with him every day, in all aspects of life. When we try to live daily life for the sake of his glory, he deems it sacred.

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