As I open my Bible to Genesis 25, I don’t get very far into the passage before I’m a little shocked.
Isaac is married. Abraham takes another wife, in his old age and has more children (that’s a little shocking!) but what really shocked me, is that after Abraham dies, Isaac AND ISHMAEL bury him. (Gen 25:9)
Did you see that?
You remember there was some bad history here, right?
Why was Ishmael there?
Was Ishmael not bitter from being sent away? Had he and Abraham reconnected after Sarah’s death? Had Abraham been keeping tabs on Ishmael after he and Hagar had left? If so, how? It’s not like he could call them.
I have so many questions! But we are not given these answers -and this is one more reason we can place confidence in the Bible being a true account.
If the Bible were only a fictional fairy tale story, all these questions would be neatly tied up with pretty bows.
But, once again, I’m reminded God is a marvelous mystery and does not tell us everything.
What we are told is that Ishmael becomes the father of twelve sons, princes, with nations of their own. (God kept His promise from Gen 16:10 and Gen 21:13)
And I believe, as we think about this passage, there is an important take away in our walk as Christians—We want all the answers, but we will not be given the answer to every question. But, we can walk forward knowing God will, indeed, keep ALL His promises.
Let me say that again — We want all the answers, but we will not be given the answer to every question. But, we can walk forward knowing God will, indeed, keep ALL His promises.
Others may not keep their promises to us, but God will. Always.
And reading the Bible, and continuing to read the Bible over our lifetime, helps us remember what God’s promises are, and it helps us see Him keeping them in the lives of His children.
And, we all need this reminding at some point or another. I do. You do. Your friend you just thought of does.
At some point, all of us have moments of doubt and despair and we need to be reminded of truth. God’s Word and God’s Word through God’s people encourages our souls to keep on keeping on.
Let’s read it. Let’s pray it. Let’s hold on to it, and let’s keep reminding each other of it!