walk in the word
For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.
The fact that God has made some promises to us is pretty amazing. In our “it’s all about me” culture, we forget the reality that God owes us nothing. He didn’t have to make us, let alone pay attention to us, let alone insert Himself into our lives, let alone make us any promises. But He has done all of that. Even more, He keeps His promises.
Just look at His track record.
Hebrews 6:13 reminds us of when God made a pretty outrageous promise to Abraham. Remember Abraham? He was going along, doing his own thing when God showed up in his life and said, “Get up from where you are and move to another place that I’m gonna show you. And I will make your name great and I will make a nation of you. In you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”(Read Genesis 12.) Sounds like a pretty decent promise but when you get into the details, it’s clear what a huge thing God was laying out for Abraham. He promised him a lineage as vast as the stars in the sky; problem was Abe and his wife Sarah had no kids. The dude was already 75 years old—and Sarah was 65—way past that point of conversation about starting a family.
Yet God said to him, “I’m gonna make of you a great nation.” And God kept His promise, but He made the trusting parents wait another 25 years! (Do the math with their ages!) In fact, when Sarah found out that she was expecting, she laughed out loud. Then they both laughed. Appropriately, they called the kid, “Laughter” (in Hebrew, Isaac). God said that all of His promises to them were going to be fulfilled because of that baby. It was just a crazy miracle.
I like the fact that sometimes God does things in such a way that everybody will know it was Him for sure. When the Bible makes promises to us, it redirects our focus off of people, off of our circumstances, and on to the Lord. What we need to learn is that the lesson is not about us trusting in what we have been promised, but instead, will we keep trusting the God of the promise? He just might surprise us with how He keeps His Word.
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