“The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. 2 She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would. 3 And Abraham named their son Isaac.” 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 on 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 conformity and 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. The child of promise brings hope to our world. God never breaks His covenant with His people. I need to be reminded that God initiates covenant relationship with His children. He never breaks covenant with His children. Pray for a life of dependence. Pray to live in total dependence on Christ alone all day today.