Genesis 16-17

God is gracious. God is gracious when he doesn't judge either Sarai or Abram when they are both guilty (16:5). God is gracious when he blesses Ishmael though he is under no obligation to do so from his previous promises. God is gracious when he confirms his covenant, and marks it by name changes, despite the fact that Abram tried to do it by himself. God is gracious when he gives Abraham a sign that his children will be God's people, set apart from the rest of the world. God is gracious when he tolerates Abraham's laughter and questioning of God's methods. God is gracious when he accepts Abraham's request that Ishmael should be blessed.

God is gracious.

Heavenly Father, I praise and thank you that you work with and through people that don't measure up to your standards. Let me serve you better. Amen.

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