In chapter 17 Abram becomes Abraham in another meeting with God. The covenant is made through circumcision, and God promised to be with Abraham and bless him with nations and kings. But the focus tonight will be the last thing, and without a doubt the most important thing, that He would be their God.
The past few nights for our church have been devastating. A precious little angel was taken from a wonderful family. And it has affected our church. We mourn as if our own daughter has passed away. We all met tonight and prayed, cried, and took comfort in God’s Word. We lifted the family up in prayer, begging God to be with them in such a mighty and powerful way that they would find comfort in this tragedy. We wept, and not just the simple shedding of tears, our church family wept bitterly. As I held my son and prayed and talked to God, wondering why did this happen, God reminded me of Psalm 23.4, “Even thigh I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” The valley of the shadow of death is not said to be easy. This valley in the life of this dear family and our church family is dark, terrifying. But God is with us. He is our God, that Great Comforter Who knows our sorrows and our griefs. And it is into His arms that we must run, for no other place can offer grace or comfort like Him Who is called Grace and Comforter.
When Abram saw God He fell on his face (17.3). Tonight we fell on our faces. But as God promised to Abram, so He promises to us, He will be and is our God.
As Isaiah reminds us of this God, we take comfort in his beautiful description, ““Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but l they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40.28-31)
I end this by imploring to pray for this dear family, our church, and for our pastor and his wife, Rit and Shannon. We all need God’s amazing grace, especially the family of that little angel.