Don’t miss the timing of God giving Abram his new name—this was before Isaac was born. At this point, Abram was the father of one son, born to Hagar, his wife’s slave. Imagine Abram going to the well the following day and encountering some of the men there. Their response to his new name might have sounded something like this: “So let’s get this straight. Calling you Abram, ‘exalted father,’ when you have one son by your wife’s slave isn’t enough. Now you want us to call you Abraham, ‘father of a multitude’?”
That could not have been easy for Abraham. But perhaps that was God’s point. Perhaps God wanted Abraham to have these conversations, forcing him to explain to others what God had promised and what he was believing in. It’s one thing to praise God for what He has done; it’s something else to trust Him for what He has yet to do. But that is where we see our faith stretch and grow and where we have the opportunity to show others what faith looks like.
How can you encourage others to trust in God through your trust in His promises?