2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
The Bible is God’s Word, and it is filled with God’s promises. Promises we can take hold of in our own life and believe they are intended for us. Life is hard, but God promises never to leave us or forsake us. We may experience drought and famine when we feel distant from God, but God uses those times to grow our faith and prepare us for something big. We may experience conflict with the people we love the most, but God uses it to demonstrate our faith to those around us. We may experience a long wait between God’s promise and it’s fulfillment, but God uses this to develop patience and perseverance in us.
Abraham was promised descendants. He waited so long that he took matters into his own hands believing that God’s intentions had been misunderstood. He was tired of waiting. He wanted results. He questioned God, and God was patient and responded to Abraham’s prayer in Genesis 15:4-5:
Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man [Eliezer] will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “so shall your offspring be.”
“If you are tired of waiting, if you are serving God faithfully, and if you walk in humility in relationship to God and others in the mean time, then consider getting gut-level honest with Him. Tell God how you feel and what bothers you most about the breach between His promise and your reality. If you do this, and then listen closely for God to respond, you just might get an invitation to go star gazing.”¹
[Read Genesis 41-50]
Genesis 46:3-4 “I am God, the God of your father,” the voice said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation. I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring you back again. You will die in Egypt, but Joseph will be with you to close your eyes.”
You don’t make promises You can’t keep. When You say You are going to do something, You always follow through. Thank You for Your Word which holds all of Your promises to Your people. Even though I may have to wait for their fulfillment, I am grateful for each one. Help me be faithful in the waiting time. Amen.