Genesis 15:1-18:15, also references 12:1-7
In Genesis 5, God promised Abram a son. Now at this time Abram is at
least 75 years old. Most people don't have any more children at this age
but God promised, so Abram believed. But after a few years Abram and
Sarai decide to "help" God out and Abram has a son named Ismael with
Hagar. But this wasn't God's plan. In chapter 17, when Abram is 99 years
old, God reconfirms His promise of an heir and nations to come from him
but He tells him that Sarai will be the mother. God even changes Abram's
name, which means high father, to Abraham (which means father of a huge
crowd). Abraham is a little skeptical. After all he and Sarah have waited
their whole lives for a son, but God promises that it will happen.
And finally a year later, when Abraham is 100 years old, it happens. Isaac is born! Abraham is overjoyed! But now there is a problem. He has a son
with another wife (this was an acceptable practice at the time). This is a
problem because the oldest son is supposed to inherit all of the father's
wealth, but Isaac is the son God promised would carry on the family line. If
he had just waited for God's timing there would not have been a conflict,
but he got in a hurry! God works things out, but it would have been better
and easier if Abraham had just waited on God's timing. We need to learn a
lesson from Abraham and no matter how hard it is we need to be patient
and wait till God moves and not try to jump in and help!!
1. Is there something you have had to wait for? (Christmas, birthday).
Was it hard? Did you enjoy waiting?
2. Is there anything you can think of that might be worth waiting for?
Parents, think of a time in your life that you had to wait for something
nd share the unexpected blessings or lessons that came from that time of