Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
Against ALL hope, Abraham IN hope believed.
Abram (soon to be called Abraham) faced that fact that his body was as good as dead. He wasn’t stupid. He knew that the possibility of being an “Exalted Father” was diminishing daily this 99 year old man continued to wait on the 24 year-old promise of God.
Abram did not waver through unbelief regarding God’s promise. No, Abram was fully convinced that God could do and would do what He had promised to do.
This will be important to remember as we study Genesis 17 & 18—chapters that are strangely full of laughter for various reasons and in various forms.
Abram will laugh for one reason. Sarai will laugh for another…and God is going to give them both a gracious gift with an every day reminder that He (and only He) was the one who gave a gift worth laughing over—so that in the end, they could ALL laugh for all the right reasons.
What was the cause of all this laughter? Listen to our study of Genesis 17 and learn about the hope of Abram at this important moment in his faith.