Whenever I read this story, I'm always struck by how old Abram and Sarai are. I mean, can you imagine having a baby at the age of 100? Can you imagine even *being* 100?! Seriously . . . feel your brittle self with your artificial hips and knees and then toss a baby in the mix. I have 2 kids already, and I am wondering how I'll keep my energy up for them all when baby #3 makes their appearance next May (did I mention that I'm pregnant?)
And I am SIGNIFICANTLY younger than 100.
No wonder it was credited to Abram as righteousness that he believed that God would give him descendants that would rival the stars (stars he probably wasn't even seeing at the time!)
That, my friends . . . is faith.
1 After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,[a]
your very great reward.[b]”
2 But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
4 Then the word of the LORD came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[d] be.”
6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
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