“This is my everlasting covenant; I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God.” -Genesis 16:7b-8
God changed Abram’s name (exalted father) to Abraham (father of many), and Sarai’s name to Sarah (princess). These were changed by God right along with his promises to bless and multiply their descendants. I love how Abram fell face down on the ground in worship at this promise from God in 17:3 and then later in 17:17.
When Hagar, whom Abram had just slept with in attempt to ensure he has children, runs away from her mistress Sarai, she hears from God himself. She used another name to refer to the LORD, El-roi, or “God who sees.” (16:13). God truly does see us and know our hurts and our needs! How comforting. I also noticed how God appeared to Abram and said to him that he is “El-Shaddai- ‘God Almighty” (17:1), and then goes on to ask Abram to serve him faithfully and live a blameless life. Then he made the promise of giving him countless descendants. This was then when Abram fell face down, I’m sure because he was in awe and probably disbelief that God could give him a long line of descendants knowing that him and his wife could not get pregnant. Only an almighty, powerful God can do such a seemingly impossible thing! The name of God is also mentioned in the previous day’s reading in 14:18- El-Elyon or God Most High. Love these names of God!
Something to do:
Never doubt what the LORD can and will do! Trust in his plans for me, as a God who sees me and knows my needs, and as a God who has the power to do anything and loves to bless us.