• April Knapp

Advent Day 5: A God Who Keeps His Promises


"And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing."

Genesis 12:2

When Abraham was 75 years old, God made him a seemingly impossible promise. “I will make you a great nation and in you, all of the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Abraham and his barren wife were too old to have children of their own. What could God mean? I am not sure Abraham knew, but he trusted God anyway.

Can you imagine Abraham sitting under the glistening, starry sky and numbering the stars as God instructed? “Your offspring shall be as many as these stars,” God told him. It seemed too good to be true for an old man and his old wife. But, God kept his promise.

Did Abraham ever imagined how large this nation would actually be? Did he know it extended beyond his physical offspring? Did he realize that the Savior of the world, God himself, would become his descendant?

I am convinced that Abraham had no idea how immense this promise was. He mourned his own pain of the unmet longing for children. When he heard God’s promise, he probably rejoiced from the healing of his own wounds. His impossible would be made possible. I imagine he is standing in heaven now in absolute awe of God’s story.

As followers of Christ, we are the answer to a promise God made thousands of years ago to a rugged old nomad with no children. How amazing is that?! He promised to bring salvation-and he did it. Now, we wait for him to return as he promised.

When it seems impossible, we can wait in expectant hope for his return because we serve a God who keeps his promises.

Jesse tree ornaments for Abraham are often tents, so I wanted to keep with that tradition. I made a tent shape with chipboard and then covered it with burlap. I found the camel charm on Etsy. I wanted to include it to represent how Abraham was a nomad. I really wanted stars to represent God's promise to Abraham and I envisioned them hanging over the tent-this was not as easy as I envisioned! I had to link a bunch of tiny star charms together with jump rings. I then tied it to the top of the ornament tie.

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