“No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.” –Genesis 17:5
With just a breath, God changed Abram’s name from “Exalted Father” to Abraham—“Father of Many Nations”. God called something that did not yet exist as though it did.
And Abraham, in hope, believed…and so became the father of many nations. You might think that after all his mistakes and after all his waiting and wondering that Abraham’s faith would be diminished and depleted.
But it wasn’t.
It was tested. It was tried. And it was found to be true. Because faith that isn’t tested isn’t really faith at all. Abraham’s faith was tested and found true…again and again. Why? Because He had more opportunities to see the faithfulness and ability of Almighty God.
And his faith would continue to be tested again and again. The name change didn’t exactly make it any easier to hope in the promise. “Father of Many Nations” wasn’t any easier to hear than “Exalted Father”…especially when you only have one child by way of a shortcut you thought would help God out.
Even still, “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations…”
Listen to our study of Genesis 17 and discover this hope Abraham had in God’s faithfulness.