In Genesis 16, God gave “cut covenant” with Abram. He promised Abram he’d be a father of many nations. He passed through Abram’s sacrifice with fire. It had to be one of those moments that carried Abram for a long, long time, don’t you think? I know I’ve had moments in God’s presence that flowed through days of awe.
But then, for Abram… nothing. Nothing happened. Sarai and he passed the age of childbearing. No descendant. So he took matters into his own hands and created a giant, still-resonating mess with Hagar and Ishmael.
So, what did God have to say about all of this?
Genesis 17:4a (GW)–My promise is still with you.
Decades had passed. Abram had really, really stepped in it trying to do it on his own. He honestly had to be wondering if God had just forgotten all about him. (And oddly enough, in spite of all of this, Hebrews 11 credits him with faith. That is SO encouraging to ME. Think God meant for it to be?) But here God shows up and says, “Hey, in spite of it all, my promise is STILL with you.”
I love the “still” there. It’s part of God’s eternity. No matter what happens all over the world or throughout time, God never ceases to be there, and His promises never cease to be true. Even when it feels like all is hopeless, like He forgot all about us, like something has driven Him off of His throne, He is there. He simply is. Always.
That’s a theme for me apparently this year. He. Is. Always. There. And. He. Never. Forgets.