Red lantern in snow display in Ventura

Day 4 of Advent

“The Lord said to Abram: ‘Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you . I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ So Abram went, as the Lord had told him.” Genesis 12:1-4

The Lord made a promise to Abram; He gave him the ending but didnt neccessarily give him all the details on how this promise was to be. God promised a man with a barren wife that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars and sand on the seashore (Gen. 22:15). And Abram still obeyed! I am always in awe of his audacious faith. Little did Abram know that because of his obedience, Jesus would be among his descendants and would be the Savior of the world.

Through this story, we also get a glimpse of how God honors marriage, and more specifically women. In a time where women didn’t get much respect, God made sure to tell Sarah and include her in this extraordinary promise. In her old age he blessed her with what her heart had yearned for for so long.

God’s promises never fail. His Word tells us He is faithful and just. Imagine the expectancy both Abraham and Sarah must’ve had. The role they played in God’s plan was filled with faith-testing moments. And during this Christmas season we can celebrate God’s faithfulness because we know he comes through every time. Knowing that He has promises He’s working on right now for me, in my season of waiting and expectancy, fills me with so much joy because I know it’s going to be so good!!