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Monday, March 1

Contributed by Jonathan R. Wilson

Genesis 21:1-7

“Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham
in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.”

Is God a God of order or disorder? Of course, God is a God of order—God’s
redemption of creation is God’s re-ordering of a broken creation. This work
brings healing and wholeness. But God’s work does not always follow our
notions of orderliness or timeliness.
In this passage, God disorders our expectations so that there is no mistake:
this is God’s doing. We can only marvel at God’s actions and give thanks.
Who would imagine the choice of an obscure, young Mesopotamian to begin
the work of redeeming all creation? Who would imagine promising him a
nation, land, blessing? Who would imagine Abraham and Sarah wandering
around the Middle East as they wait for God’s promise to be fulfilled?
In Genesis 21, God acts. Out of order, at the wrong time. Only God could give
Abraham and Sarah the child of promise at this point in their lives. Yahweh,
the God of the covenant, acts in grace. This is sheer gift. The timing and
character of God’s actions make clear that God’s work for our salvation and
the redemption of all creation is God’s undeserved, inexplicable work of love.
In love, God disorders our lives so that our broken world may be healed and
made whole.

“God of gracious love, who disorders our world to bring your kingdom, draw us
into your surprising work so that we may participate with you, as Sarah and
Abraham did, so that others may know you. Amen.”

Jonathan R. Wilson serves as a Senior Fellow of CML and Senior Consultant for Theological
Integration, Canadian Baptist Ministries. He is the author of several books, including Living
Faithfully in a Fragmented World and God’s Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation.