Genesis 17:1–8 (ESV)
Abraham and the Covenant of Circumcision
17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2 that I may
make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 4 “Behold, my covenant
is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 I
will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations
for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. 8 And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting
possession, and I will be their God.”
Abram is 99, which puts him 13 years after having Ishmael. God says that he will make Abram “the father
of a multitude of nations.” And then he changes his name from Abram to Abraham. Abraham means “father of a multitude.” He makes a covenant with Abraham: “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father
of a multitude of nations.” I wonder if this was happy news to Abraham, or was it… uh oh! I know he would love to have his own child, so I think he had mixed feelings of happy and uh oh’s. This is where he must put his
trust in God.
I pray: O Lord, sometimes your plans and my plans are different. Help me to set aside my plans and to embrace your plans. Let
me be molded according to your will. Amen.