Pondering God's Promise by Courtney Vander Veur Matz


I have always loved the story in the Bible of Abraham and Sarah who were given a promise from God that He would “multiply their seed as the stars of the heaven” (KJV Bible, Genesis 22:17). It took a long time for this promise to be fulfilled. Sarah was 90 and Abraham was 100 when Sarah miraculously conceived and they were blessed with their son, Isaac, through whom came the twelve tribes of Israel and millions of descendants. Their promise was also a spiritual one, a promise that will yet be fulfilled in ways that are difficult for us to comprehend.

I sometimes think about Sarah during those childless years, when she yearned to be a mother, and the promise, perhaps, began to fade and seem impossible. Maybe she looked up at the numberless stars, trying to stay hopeful and faithful. In those moments I imagine her remembering the works of the Lord; all that He did for those who came before, and all that He had done for her. In the Lord’s time, her faith was rewarded and the promise was fulfilled. “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (KJV Bible, Genesis 18:14). “With God, all things are possible” (KJV Bible, Matt. 19:26). When we look at the countless stars in the night sky we can remember the promise God kept to Sarah and have hope that he will do the same for us.

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