Today’s Reading: Genesis 17-18.
(Context: Abram and Sarai are promised a son, to be called Isaac. Skepticism ensues of course, seeing that they are 99 and 89, respectively. God also changes their names from Abram and Sarai, to Abraham and Sarah. Circumcision is instituted in Abraham’s household, separating his household as God’s Household, and future Nation. Lastly, God Himself visits Abraham, Christ in preincarnate form, who speaks, eats, and walks with Abraham.)
The Bible is full of unlikely people doing incredible things.
God used Noah to save the world from utter destruction, and Noah went through with the incredible proposal to build an arc for 200 years in a world with no lakes or oceans. God used Moses, a child who barely escaped death under Pharaoh, only to be Pharaoh’s “son” and later downfall. Not to mention that Moses was 80 years old before he ever did anything of any great significance. God used David, the youngest son of a poor family, to kill a giant, inspire a nation, and eventually lead Israel into the “golden age”. God also used Samson, Gideon, Ruth, Esther, Daniel, Peter, Paul, and on and on.
Are you getting the point? God uses the unwanted, the old, the foolish, the proud, the insignificant, and the rejected. To such an extent that He sent His Son knowing He would be:
He was despised and rejected by people,
one who experienced pain and was acquainted with illness;
people hid their faces from him;
he was despised, and we considered him insignificant.
But he lifted up our illnesses,
he carried our pain;
even though we thought he was being punished,
attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done.
(Isaiah 53:3-4, NET)
Genesis 17-8 is about God using an old, lying man with his disgruntled and bitter wife. Abraham and Sarah, God’s chosen instruments to be the father of all who are of faith (Gal. 3:7)!
Abraham was 99 when his life “started”, when the promises made to him were finally to be fulfilled. What can we learn from this? Let us not waste our old age, our disabilities, or our weaknesses. God chooses such people, they become God’s heroes.
Did you know that George Muller became a world-wide missionary at 70? He visited 42 countries, he preached to more than 3 million people during this time, and died kneeling by his bedside in prayer at age 92.
Put your boots on and don’t take them off. As they say, “go out with your boots on”.