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God Sees and Saves

The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised.

Genesis 21:1
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Throughout Abram’s story we see his faults vividly. He detours and deceives people, and others continue to suffer the consequences of his actions. How many more chances would Abram get? How many more people would need to suffer?

Even as Abram detoured and deceived people, God saw and saved him. Woven throughout Abram’s story is God’s faithfulness, not only to Abram, but also to Abram’s servants and descendants.

One such example is found in Genesis 16. Abram detoured once again to try to fulfill the promises of God himself. Abram took his wife’s servant, Hagar, and had a son with her. While Hagar was pregnant, Sarai cast her out. The Bible says God saw her in the desert and protected her (Genesis 16:13). Later, after Isaac was born, Hagar and her son, Ishmael, were once again cast out. God saw the great injustice toward Hagar and her son. Not only did God see Hagar and her son, he also added blessing to their lives (Genesis 21:18).

God’s faithfulness extends through the covenant he made with Abram. God extended his love and faithfulness to others even when Abram was unfaithful.

In Abram’s story we see our stories. We see the ways we use others to protect ourselves, the ways we deceive others because we are afraid, and the ways we take the fulfillment of God’s word to us into our own hands. We are not so different from Abram.

As we sin, God remains faithful. As our actions cause suffering for others, God sees and saves us. This does not excuse us from doing good and living aligned with God’s ways. It is a reminder that our actions are not more powerful than God’s actions and that nothing can thwart God’s promises to us and to others.

At last, in Genesis 21:1–7 we read of God’s fulfillment of a descendant through the promise of a son, Isaac. Abram and Sarai could not bring God’s covenant to fruition on their own, but God would do it, just as he promised. He would do so in an unimaginable and miraculous way—the pregnancy of a woman who was beyond childbearing years. He would do so in a way that no one could deny it was a work of his hands. With the promise of a son came new names for Abram and Sarai; they would be called Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 17:4–15). Sarah’s pregnancy and their name changes were markers of God’s covenant. Abraham’s new name meant “Father of Multitudes,” and Sarah’s corresponded to mean “Mother of Nations.” God saw and fulfilled his covenant to them.


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God saw and remained faithful to Abram, even when Abram was unfaithful. How does God’s faithfulness to Abram encourage you when you are unfaithful and sin against God?

As God took care of those who suffered the consequences of Abram’s sin, in what ways can you take care of those who have suffered the consequences of another’s sin?

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Knowing that he loves me in spite of me just encourages me more to be aware of my sorry comings and work on them so that my life can reflect Jesus!
Not judging them but instead showing them the same mercy and grace God had shown me.

God is a loving God. He always forgives even when we are unfaithful. I can minister to others who have suffered consequences of another’s sin since I have suffered due to another’s sin against me. I can offer hope and encouragement when there seems to be none.

It gives me so much hope and shows me how deeply loved I am and it fills me with awe and praise. I can take care of others by showing them the same love and compassion I, myself, have received.

That God will forgive again and again and again is humbling. That we serve such a merciful and patient God gives me hope for the future.

I need to show the same mercy and care to others even when they make bad decisions or are victims.

Abram faithfulness/unfaithfulness encourages me to keep trying to fight my own flesh and to remind myself of Gods truth in my life and the promises for my marriage and our children for the generations after.
I can pray, listen and take action as Holy Spirit leads me to do my best to work through the challenges with God grace and peace and his everlasting word.
I am joyful I read and reflected on Abram journey!

Well I don’t understand this part, either we sin intentionally or not? When we know its wrong yet we do it? Is this what your saying? Yes GOD is very faithful, but I am not gonna take a chance and use others to get my way, or sin intentionally. To me, GOD said do not do, that means don’t do it. That’s how I grew up, mom said no that means no. SO what I am asking is to please explain this part?

I am humbled and so, so thankful that God would be mindful of a sinner like me.

And I am the one suffering consequences of another’s sins. It feels hopeless. But God sees me. I must believe that. He has a plan. I must wait on God.

God’s word tells us everywhere that we are to fear not. Our Music Minister spoke about that fear last night a week after he dropped dead in front of our choir. God is so faithful to plan our lives from birth to death and provides everything between those days and beyond. A woman and her husband joined our church 28 years ago, and a man and his wife joined our church in June this year, both are doctors and both were at the choir practice last week with the training and everything to bring our beloved Director back from the grave. We know it was a miracle. He was dead when his head hit the floor. We all prayed and the doctors ran forward and cared for him. It wasn’t his time yet. Why do we fear anything when we know God loves and cares for us and our day to go home is set in concrete and nothing we do can change it. He has provision for everything. He is in control.. Trust Him.

Seeing God’s faithfulness to Abraham gives me hope to know that God will be faithful to me, even when I sin and I am undeserving. It shows that His love and mercy stretches so far beyond condition or circumstance; He sees us as new creations. For those who have suffered the consequences of another’s sin, I can pray for them, that God would personally reveal to them how much He loves them. I can pray that they see God’s faithfulness part of their story and that they are renewed and washed clean in His name.

I need to have grace and mercy on those who have suffered the consequences of another’s sin. I need to come off my high horse and not be so quick to judge. I certainly am guilty of not doing this. I need to remember that God is faithful to everyone who believes in him.

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