Key Verses: “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.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:18-21
Old age has a way of sneaking up on us. Regardless of your age, I am sure you look back and wonder where the years went. Old age is a scary thing for many people. It often comes along with deteriorating health, more aches and pain, and worst of all, the loss of loved ones.
Abraham is noted for his faith in God which eventually saw him becoming the ‘Father of many nations’ and indeed the father of the three major religions in the world today.
What I love most about Abraham is he is so much like us. His life is full of ups and downs. One moment he is doing great and the next he has messed up again. He demonstrates great moments of faith which are closely followed by stupid choices.
God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Genesis 15:6 tell us. “Abram believed the LORD.” but as the years went by he decided that he had better help God out and took matters into his own hands. At eighty-six years old after sleeping with his wife’s slave, Ishmael is born, and Abram enters thirteen years of silence from God. Abraham was probably wondering if he had finally messed up one step too far and if his wrong choices had caused him to miss out on what God had planned.
When all hope was gone, Genesis 17:1-2 says, “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”
Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born. Hebrews 11:12 says “And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.” He was so old; he is referred to as ‘good as dead.’ Sarah was around 90 years old when she had her child, even with today’s modern medicine this is impossible. Impossible with man, but possible with God.
No matter how old we are, God can still use us to fulfil his purposes on this earth. Regardless of your age, you have a vital role to play in the Church, and we need you. If you’ve been waiting years for God’s promise to be fulfilled, keep trusting. Abraham was 100 years old. Anna was at least 84 when she met Jesus after years of waiting in the temple. Don’t give up, keep serving, keep trust and God will honour His promises to you. The psalmist prayed in Psalm 71:18 “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.“ May that be all our prayers.