[Read Genesis Chapter 23]
Abraham is a man of noble character. He refused to except the goods of Sodom from the hand of the king, least the king say he made Abraham rich. Now he refuses to except a burial plot of land for his wife Sarah without paying full price. This parcel of land is the only piece of property Abraham has ever owned. And it is significant because it gives Abraham’s descendants from hereafter the rights of Canaan land.
We talk lots today of means of grace. That God uses means through which he works and blesses his children. Abraham used this method previously when he tried to gain an heir through Sarah’s servant Hagar. This method did not go well for Abraham, so instead he waits for God to open doors for him which bypasses the natural ways and schemes of man.
It is so very hard in our culture to act upon the same faith of Abraham. We have doctors, lawyers, bosses, government officials, and insurance programs; all whom God surely works through. Yet Abraham has learned to wait one hundred years if he has to for God to make good on a promise. We can learn so much from our father Abraham.