Last night I was watching the news; as depressing as that is. I saw a story that caught my attention. It was a story about infertility. It caught my attention because a Pastor I know from another state is going to be a father. His wife is 51 years old and he is 65 years old. Yes, when their child turns 18 he will be a whopping 83 years old. Well…
I thought about how this child; just like all other children, is a gift from God. This Pastor even referred to himself in the context of Abraham and Sarah. Thankfully he is in good spirits about it.
I thought about “A Gift From God” and this pastoral family now expecting. Some in our world would see this as a set back or an interruption to their life. Not this family. They are taking it in stride like they should. They see it as God sees the child. A gift.
I thought about the promise God made to Abraham. Look at Genesis 17:5, “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” That is a promise from God. “a father to many nations have I made thee.” This is a fact. Now, we can look back and see God bring this to pass. Abraham submitted to God’s plan for the most part until he and Sarah stepped out of God’s plan and then Ishmael was born. For the most part Abraham’s response was of faith and God blessed him with a tremendous gift.
Sarah’s response was a little different. Look at Genesis 18:12, “Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” No, I am not sharing this to knock or beat up on Sarah. I am simply point out the difference in their responses to the promises of God and His gift to them.
So how do you respond to the gift of God? We need to respond in faith and thanksgiving. I thank God for the gifts He has given to me and my family. Yes, even those gifts we did not really think we wanted or needed.
So, how are you doing?