The Importance of His Promise
“The LORD kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would. And Abraham named their son Isaac. Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.” Genesis 21:1-5
We pick up this text after God had already told Abraham 25 years before that he was to have a son. After receiving this promise from God, can you imagine, having to wait 25 years until you saw it come to pass? I can only imagine Abraham and Sarah wanting to give up time and time again. If you read about their journey, at some point they get impatient and try to manufacture their own fulfillment of God’s promise (Hagar and the birth of Isaac). After so long, it’s easy to see why they could’ve lost heart. They had every reason to disbelieve that what God had said, no matter how long it took, it would come to pass. But here’s a few things we can learn about the Promises of God:
- With every promise, there is always a condition. And every condition is always a test of obedience. David was told his descendants will procure their place on the throne for generations, if he keeps the Lord’s commandments (Psalms 132:11-12). The condition is always a way of testing the depths of our heart. Are we willing to obey BEFORE we see God’s word fulfilled? To answer yes before we even know the question.
- With every promise, there is a process. Builds Endurance (Hebrews 10:35-36) , Teaches Patience (Hebrews 6:15), Develops Faith (Hebrews 11:8-10) Character is developed and prepared to receive what God’s word said.
- With every promise, there is a guarantee. “But I will never stop loving him nor fail to keep my promise to him. No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said. I have sworn an oath to David, and in my holiness I cannot lie.” (Psalms 89:33-35)
It’s this guarantee that God promises will come to pass, that keeps you. In times of challenges, when you want to give up. You are put at a place where you have to almost remind God, “Hey, you promised me! I’m not gonna leave this season without seeing your word come to pass!” It’s this kind of desperation that catches His attention and moves His heart. Let Him build you during this time, draw close to Him and trust Him at His word. In due time, His promise will unfold for your life!
Pastor Sonny & Julie Arguinzoni and their family; for wisdom, health, strength and protection
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