Genesis 18:13-14; 21: 1
And the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?’ Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I WILL return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah WILL have a son…Then the Lord took note of Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had promised.
Not long ago a group of my friends were together and we were all talking about ages and birthdates. Then, before long, the topic turned in to what time of day everyone was born. Some people had recently read that the time of day you were born (down to the exact minute) says something about your personality. Anyway, I was just distraught because I didn’t know what time of day I was born. Since my mother was no longer alive and my dad couldn’t remember, I decided to rely on the birth certificate for the exact time. So, when I went home, got my birth certificate out of the safe and opened it up, you can imagine how sad I was to see that there was no time provided on the piece of paper that documented my birth. My original birth certificate had burned in a home fire and this replacement version did not include time. Yes, I could probably contact my birth hospital and put in a request to find all the details of my birth. But in the end, I decided it really wasn’t worth the effort. It didn’t really matter. I was born and I have a birth date.
On Monday we focused on Genesis 2:7, “Then the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground.” He did that on purpose, not by accident. Our Father has plans for each individual He creates. His plans and timing are intentional. We know from Genesis that when Abraham was 99 and Sarah was 90, God revealed to Abraham that the son He promised would come from Sarah. God even reminded Abraham of His promise again in Genesis 17:19. Sarah started to question how this could even happen at her old age. Then, God clearly states again (vs 18:14) that He will fulfill His promise at His “appointed time”. And, indeed Isaac, the promised child, came to Sarah and Abraham just as God said. Sometimes we may have a little “Sarah” in us and question or doubt God’s abilities and promises. But, we need to remember that everything is about God’s timing. Timing is important to God because it’s all part of His bigger plan.
In Galatians 4:28, Paul reminds believers that, “You, brothers, like Isaac are children of a promise.” Today, we can be rest assured that just as God appointed the date and time for Isaac to be created, He also created us on a specific date/time on purpose for His purpose. He knew the details of the timing around our birth way before our parents knew. So regardless of if you have a piece of paper that tells you the details of your birth, God knows when you were born and it was just as He had planned. Trust in Him and His promise that each individual is created on purpose; and know that if He said He will do something, He WILL do it, because He said so.
FURTHER: Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13-18; Isaiah 43:1; Luke 12:7
As Lent begins on this Ash Wednesday, I am reflecting on the fact that from dust we were made and from dust we will return. You made all of your children unique and in your time. You know my every thought, the actions of my hands and my open heart. You know I am a sinner and doubter. Just as you reminded the wavering people in the past that although their sins are scarlet, you will wipe them white as snow, you do the same for your children today. My heart is gladdened when I think of all the promises you have made to us, your children, including Your promises of creation. Let us remember that just as you knew about Isaac and You created Him at Your appointed time for divine reasons, You do that very thing still today. You even knew about me, way before I was born. You create each individual for Your plan on Your time.
When our hearts are wavering, when we doubt your love and your promises, reassure us by the Holy Spirit in us that You are true to Yourself. And, for that I am grateful!
In Jesus’ name, I pray.