Wednesday, July 8, 2015

God's Promises Part 3

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Here in Scripture God makes a promise to Abram that although his wife had been barren, she will have a son....an heir. In fact God tells him that his descendants will be more numerous than the stars.
 
Genesis 15.1-6.NIV
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward. ” But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord , what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man 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.” Abram believed the Lord , and he credited it to him as righteousness.
 
It is important to note that Isaac wasn't born in the next 9 months....in fact Abram had to wait 25 years for the fulfillment of the promise of God.  What?! Yes, he had to wait a long time to see the fulfillment of His promise.
 
Those that know this story also know that at one point he tried to take matters into his own hands, and find a work around because it was taking too long, but that is a different blog topic! Too often we start to have thoughts that since God hasn't answered yet, He must need our help. ...am I right? Let me tell you from experience....He doesn't!!!
I want to focus today on God's faithfulness.  You see, no matter what we think of the timeliness of the answer to our prayers, it is not up to us when God delivers the answer. Our job is to believe that He will.
 
God has never given me reason to doubt His love for me, or His ability to meet my need. His faithfulness has come through time and time again. You see we serve a God that loves and cares for you, His children, and He is faithful to do what He promised to do.
 
So the next time you are tempted to "help God," stop and remember that when you take matters into your own hands, you are really doubting his faithfulness. Abram believed and it was credited to him as righteousness. When you believe God will do what he promised, you can substitute your name in that verse, and it will be credited to you as righteousness!
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