Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Genesis 21:1-5
The Lord kept His promise to both Sarah and Abraham. Abraham also kept his part of the covenant by circumcising the boy when he was 8 days old. It could not have been easy raising a child at their age, though they did have some experience with Ishmael for 12 years prior to this.
The Bible uses an interesting term at the beginning of verse 1: the Lord was gracious to Sarah. Abraham and by association Sarah had caused quite a few troubling problems over the years. The Lord didn’t have to be gracious at all to either of them. He didn’t have to make a covenant with them either.
But He did.
He doesn’t need to be gracious to us every day, but He is. He extends His grace every opportunity He gets.
How has He been gracious to you this week? There really is something about that old song “Count Your Blessings” that we should rejoice over.
When I was a new Christian, a fellow Christian asked me point blank, “Are you blessed?” I stumbled for words because I didn’t answer right away.
Then he said, “Are you breathing today?” I nodded. “Then you’re blessed.”