“Before the day was, I am He. There is no one who can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can prevent what I have done.” Isaiah 43:13
God has a sense of humor.
When Abraham was 99 years old, God has already made Him the promise of becoming a father of many nations through a child which would be born to him. God came to Abraham again, to clarify a few things. And when He did, the Lord made a deal, a pact, a covenant with him.
- Agreement, legal pact, pledge, commitment, vow.
God’s agreement with Abraham was an everlasting one: more than the covenant of marriage, which is set to last until death do us apart. God vowed to be Abraham and his descendants God, and they would be His people. The agreement was a physical sacrifice, of circumcision. Circumsicion is the practice of cutting the foreskin of the penis (or vagina). This was to be done to every male which belonged to Abraham either as worker or by blood; if they were older than 8 days they were to be circumcised. Otherwise the covenant was broken, between whoever was not circumsized and God.
He also changed Abrahams name from Abram to Abraham, and Sarah’s from Sarai to Sarah. When God changes our names, it’s to change our identity and destiny (remember Jacob). God reminded him of the child He had promised them, and specified this child would come from Sarah’s womb. And God named the child as well! And God gave them a date, He said this time next year. God even blessed Sarah’s mistake, Ishmael. God promised to make him a great nation as well.
I relate to Abraham, because He laughed, sometimes I find the things that God says are so crazy that they make me laugh too. I also think of myself when God promises me something, I ask God questions as if He doesn’t already know… are you serious God, because you know that’s kind of impossible right? … Abraham did the same, he laughed and asked God ‘is it possible that a 90 year old woman could bare a child?”.
God has a sense of humor doesn’t he?
Moral of the story:
- God will come again, at a later time, to remind you of the promises He made you
- He will ask you to sacrifice your flesh, as a sign of mutual agreement
- He will change your name, and give you a new identity so that you can walk in His preordained destiny
- He will specify times and dates for promises to come to pass
- He will find a way to bring good from your mistakes and poor choices
- He makes you laugh
- Just when you thought you had a handle on life, He will come remind you that you haven’t even been through half the journey yet (Isaac had not even been born yet)
God! God! God! You be bugging lord! I love you Jesus, I love you Holy Spirit, you are so funny! Sighs… you’re so awesome God, thank you for your friendship, your peace and comfort. Thank you for reminding us that we have a future ahead of us, and even though we have not seen your promises per say, we have experienced your faithfulness. I know that it takes a lot from those of us who believe you, and who believe in you to wait for healing, for breakthrough and for hopes deferred. But I also know that if you are God of the impossible, and the same God of yesterday, you are also the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You are still God, El Shaddai, El Roi and Elohim. My balm of Gilead, my Jehovah Tsidkenu, today I just want to say thank you father God. Thank you for your faithfulness, and fighting those battles we could never win on our own. I love you. In Jesus name, Amen.