"On that very day Abraham took his son, Ishmael, and every male in his household, including those born there and those he had bought. Then he circumcised them, cutting off their foreskins, just as God had told him. Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised, and Ishmael, his son, was thirteen. Both Abraham and his son, Ishmael, were circumcised on that same day, along with all the other men and boys of the household, whether they were born there or bought as servants. All were circumcised with him."
God Sees Us as Expectant to Receive His Promises
What is the fruit of faith and obedience?
Like an eraser wiping marker off a whiteboard, all of Abraham’s doubts were deleted from his heart. God never lied to Abraham and he knew it was as good as done. Joyful expectancy rose up in him. Without doubt, this time next year, Abraham and Sarah will be the parents of a special baby boy.
Favor is defined as preferential treatment and approval. God has kept record of all the times Abraham kept his faith in Him and obeyed His commands. Gods’ regard for him is tremendous. Of all the men living on earth at the time, Abraham was chosen to covenant with God and inherit the legacy of faith.
The favor of God spills into everything Abraham does and everyone he has charge over. God granted Abraham such favor with Ishmael and his men servants that he was able to convince them to join him in covenant on the very same day.
Higher level of Intimacy with God
Abraham cut covenant with God in the most intimate, private, sensitive part of himself. Everytime Abraham took a shower, he would be reminded of his covenant. Everytime Abraham visited the rest room, he would be reminded of his covenant. Everytime Abraham had intercourse with Sarah, he would be reminded of his covenant. Every private action involved God and their covenant.
All of the men, including Ishmael, would also be circumcised. They also would be reminded that God was watching them in the most private moments of their lives. What incentive to live pure and holy! But, the rewards were great and God’s blessings would follow them as it did Abraham. It would be a blessing these men would pass down to their own families and generations as well.
Preparation for the New Normal
God was preparing Abraham and his tribe a year in advance for the change ahead. Sarah is to be a miracle mother and exalted as princess over their tribe. A miracle prince is to be born and his name will be Isaac. A day will come where some of these men will answer not only to Abraham, but to Isaac as well.
This concludes our series "How God Sees You, Part 3". We hope it ministered to you. Beginning Friday, the 25th, we will begin our next series, "When God Shows Up".
Father, You are Almighty and You alone are God. I choose to have faith in Your Word and be obedient to Your ways. I want to be fervent in hope, covered with Your favor, and grow in intimacy with You. Bless me with multiplication so the people who follow me, and my descendants may worship You alone. Prepare me for the sudden changes that will result from a life of faith with You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
I am faithful to God’s Word.
I obey God’s precepts.
I am fervent in hope.
I am covered with God’s favor.
My intimacy with God grows.
I multiply with followers and descendants.
God prepares me for change.
Reflect on Romans 4:13 NLT, "Clearly, God's promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God's law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith."