“As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.”
God was going to make good on His promise to give Abraham’s many descendants the promised land of Canaan. But…in order to give the promised land to Abraham’s descendants, he would first have to have descendants.
And that where the next test of faith would begin. A test that seems to stack the deck against even the remotest physical possibility of the promise being fulfilled through human ability. A test that would put Abraham in a place of total and complete dependence on God.
Circumcision…an outward symbol of an inward work. The removal of the flesh to symbolize the rejection of our reliance upon the ability of the flesh to do the work of God.
You see, only God can do the work of God. We cooperate with God by faith, but we can’t accomplish the work that only God can do. God wanted Abraham…and us…to know that there was no humanly way His promises could be fulfilled by human means.
Abraham was starting to get it. He was fully convinced that God was able to do the impossible AND willing to do the impossible.
“He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” –Romans 4:20-21
Genesis 17 brought many issues to the surface about faith and obedience. Listen to our study and discover the many applications it has for your life today.