A New Name

” Is anything too hard for the LORD….” ~ Genesis 18:14

Genesis chapter sixteen ends with – Abraham was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael. And Genesis chapter seventeen begins with – When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless.

I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” For thirteen years, Abraham was without the promised child – Isaac. Ishmael  was growing up and Abraham like all fathers, was considering the prospect of Ishmael receiving the inheritance. Succumbed to the pressures of desperate Sarah, Abraham conceded to her plan of raising an heir, only to find out that God’s plan was quite different.  But God steps into the picture and  breaking through the obscure thoughts, exhorts Abraham to get to the next level of his faith walk – to perceive things differently – beginning with a change of name, a change that embodied the power of the miracle working God, who was at the helm of affairs.

Abraham was endowed with a new name – Abram (exalted father ) to Abraham (father of many nations ). His wife was to be called Sarah (princess) and not Sarai (contentious). At every utterance of these new names, they prophetically ushered in the divine power that wrought the miracle called – Isaac. They spoke into being that which was not, exalting Jehovah, for whom nothing is impossible.  Are we able to see the power of God work a miracle in our lives? What is God telling us to perceive differently?

Prayer – “Almighty God, I’m amazed at the greatness of your power to work the impossible. I believe in You. Help me see life through Your eyes.” Amen.
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