Genesis 17:5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.
You don’t call a boy a man. You don’t call a caterpillar a butterfly. You don’t call a construction site a house. These are things in their unfinished state; they are growing, transforming, being built. They are in essence – in process. Abram was in process, too. Here’s a guy in his nineties being promised that he will have many descendants through his wife Sarai. She was in her nineties, too, and hadn’t given birth to a single child.
Yet, God renamed him Abraham before anything happened. He called him a father of many nations when he wasn’t even a father of one nation. God essentially called a caterpillar a butterfly and a construction site a house. He called a childless couple a father and mother to nations. It’s like He knew something they didn’t. It’s almost as though He had some idea of what was going to come. Oh, yes, that’s right… He’s God; He does that.
You see, God sees things how they could be, not how they are. He sees things the way He designed them, not how they are currently functioning. With Abraham and Sarah, His destiny for them was to be the Father and Mother of nations. Just because they hadn’t seen it yet, didn’t mean that it wasn’t their destiny. I love that in this verse, God calls him a father ahead of time. It reminds me that I need to start speaking out the prophetic identity that God has placed in my life. You need to start speaking yours out too.
*What is God saying to you that you have a hard time believing? In what places do you need to start declaring out who He has called you to be?