“Then Abraham pressed his request further.” Genesis 18:29a
The LORD kept His promise to Sarah and Abraham and they gave birth to a son, even in old age. “This happened at just the time God said it would” (Gen 21:2b). God will fulfill His promises to us, even if they do seem absurd and beyond physical capabilities!
The interaction between Abraham and God in Gen 18 is just amazing to me. How Abraham keeps asking and approaching and pressing further in talking with God to really understand what He is saying. What I love most though is that the LORD’s responses are simple and kind (“If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake” … “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”) God does not show any frustration or impatience with Abraham for the doubt that he seems to have by continuing to question God’s promise and mercy and goodness toward us. We can trust God for what He says, and keep it simple! Yet we can also come before Him, without fear, and ask Him to help us understand.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Something to do:
Don’t be afraid to come before the LORD with my fears, my raw thoughts, my questions, my requests. He will not become angry or frustrated with me. He is kind, patient, and loving! And I must trust that the LORD will do what He promises to do. :)