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Annually on March 23
Then the LORD said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son." Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. (Genesis 18:10)
That God would bless him with descendants was a promise that Abraham had heard many times from the Lord. But now there was something specific in the promise. Not a difficult to imagine promise like- "Look up at the heavens and count the stars - if indeed you can count them. So shall your offspring be" but something more concrete. God Almighty was promising to return the next year and give the long awaited blessing of a child of their own to Abraham and Sarah.
Does the Lord deal in specifics? is the question many a believer asks. Yes, he does; is the answer. But one may have to wait at his feet in prayer for a while often. A couple of clear examples of how the Lord speaks in minute detail is found in the following passages:
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered. The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight." (Acts 9:9-12)
One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, "Cornelius!" Cornelius stared at him in fear. "What is it, Lord?" he asked. The angel answered, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea." (Acts 10:3-6)
Not much difficulty in finding those addresses. The Lord has answers and solutions for all the problems that we face while we live here on earth and he has given us (believer's) the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, to guide us in the right path.
Regarding the Holy Spirit, Jesus said,
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. (John 16:13-15)
Coming back to the promise that God gave Abraham as we read in the title verse. As God said, so he did. That's what we read in Genesis Ch.21. Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. (Genesis 21:1,2)
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian