“Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.” Genesis 21:1-3
In the Christian life, we either live for the self or we live for God. We either live by the flesh or we live by the Spirit. God allows us to experience the failures of the flesh so that we will know the difference of living life dependent upon the Spirit, so that we will not depend on the self. As we gradually learn to live in total dependence upon Christ alone, we will experience the joy, peace and strength in our lives. There may be occasional set-backs and relapses, but the trend of our lives will be toward maturity in the image of God.
This is the place to which we come in the life of Abraham. At the beginning, God promised him a son who would bring joy to his heart. Abraham went through many trials and failures, all of which taught him important lessons about himself and about his relationship with God. Now, Abraham begins to walk consistently in the Spirit and produces the fruit of love, joy and peace which have begun to truly characterize his life. In the midst of this point in Abraham’s spiritual journey, the child of promise is born—Isaac. Abraham’s joy is complete.
Pray for God’s promises to become a reality in your life today. God is faithful to keep His promises. Pray for God to cultivate the promises of His Word in your heart today. Pray for God to raise up a generation of promise-keepers. Pray for our schools today. Pray for teachers and administrators and students. Pray for revival in our schools