Day 170 - FOUNDATION STONES IN A YEAR
READING: Genesis 17: 1–8; Romans 4: 17–25
Abram wasn’t always a spiritual giant. In fact, when he first heard God telling him that he would produce as many offspring as the stars and the sand on the seashore, he laughed!
He and Sarai had already tried helping God out – this is recorded for us in Genesis 16 - by trying to produce a child by natural means through the servant working in their home called Hagar.
But they soon discovered that God had no need of their assistance. A promise of God can only be fulfilled by the power of God. To help Abram keep faith, God changed Abram’s name - which means “the father is exalted” - to Abraham - which means “father of a multitude.”
Can you imagine Abraham introducing himself as the father of a multitude when he and Sarah (name also changed) did not even have one child? This is where Abraham’s faith starts to look like God’s faith; he begins to call what does not yet exist as if it does exist. (Read Romans 4: 17).
Lord I thank you that you have called me to live by faith in Your Word. I am both challenged and inspired by this glorious call. As an act of faith I declare and call the things in my life what you call them, and not what I see.