When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty[a]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.

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.