Over the centuries, and to some extent still today, men viewed children, especially sons, as a means to carry on their legacy—as leaving a part of them behind after they are gone and as remembering them with respect. For Abram, having an heir of his flesh likely meant having a taste of immortality on earth, and therefore this was of paramount importance to him. Yet he and his wife were older—what were the odds that they would have offspring so late in life? This was also a two-part promise—that Abram would have an heir (which he would likely expect to be alive to see) and that his descendants would rival the number of stars in the sky (which he would not live to see). Yet Abram had the patience to await the first and the faith to believe the second. Abram’s belief in God’s promises sets an example of what can be accomplished by those who listen to the Lord and are open to what He has to offer.
Let us pray. Heavenly Father, help me to have the faith of Abram and to be willing to wait for your promises to be fulfilled. Help me also remember that I am a small but important part of your grand scheme. Amen.