Promises, Promises…their inherent value is determined by the character of the one who makes the promise. As much as I like to pride myself on being a woman of my word there are times I fail to do what I say. The fear of defaulting on my word has caused me to be caution about committing in some beneficial areas. Yep, I have used it as an excuse to wiggle my way out of few things. You see I tend to worry about sustainability. And it has it’s place but when God is calling us to move out and take the first steps, it is not our job to worry about how to maintain it all.
In Genesis 12:1-2, God gave Abram a simple but sort of vague instruction leave all that was familiar and go to a place I will show you (my paraphrase). He also gave him an awesome promise. As you travel through the scriptures, we find that many years past-25 to be exact-before he saw the fulfillment of the promise. When I read Genesis 21:1, “The Lord kept his word and did for Sara 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.”, I was so encouraged by this familiar story.
Our hope is found in God’s faithfulness to His Word. He keeps his words and he keeps watch over as we walk through life. Even though many years may pass between God’s promises being spoken does not mean He will not fulfill His Word. All throughout the scriptures we see evidence of God’s faithfulness. He often shows up past the time humans think it is likely to happen.
Our expectation dissipates when our eyes and hearts become attentive to the wrong things like the amount of time that has passed between the words that have been spoken rather than on the One who spoke them. And even in that God is gracious enough to come along and redirect our thoughts and heart attitudes. If we listen, He sends little reminders in our conversations with others, sermons we hear, and articles we read. All serving as little beacons cutting through the darkness and showing the light of his precious promises.
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