There can’t be many of us that have never faced disappointment. You have this hope – maybe a special vision that you feel God has called you to, and it all unravels. Adam had been created to ‘go forth and multiply’ (Genesis 1 v 28). Even after they had sinned, God had told Adam and his wife that they would have offspring (3 v 15 and 16). He even named her ‘Eve’ ‘because she would be the mother of all living’.
After Cain had killed Able, and then gone off far away, Adam must have wondered what all that had been about. Their fruitfulness had all come to nothing – their hopes for the future all dashed away. That sound familiar?
Then at long last Seth arrived. You can almost see the pride on Adam’s face in Genesis 5 v 3 – ‘When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.’ Finally, new hope, new possibilities – and Adam had waited a looooong time for this – he was now 130 years old.
The best bit of this story, is when I found out that the name ‘Seth’ means ‘granted’. Adam must have been asking God for a very long time. His greatest desire was finally granted. Maybe we should be a little more patient for the fulfillment of our visions and dreams too.