We live in a world where, so often, people do not keep their word. The "JK" or "just kidding" era we have just come through has left a group of people who don't feel it necessary to follow through with what they have committed to others that they will do. That is disheartening if you are in a situation where you depend on others to help you get a job done.
This mindset has, I believe, caused us, from time to time, to water down God's promises.
There is a passage in Romans 4 that is especially convincing to me this week:
Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.
18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.
The God who . . . creates new things out of nothing - - -
Abraham's faith did not weaken even though at 100 --
That's a long time waiting --
Often we try to speak things into happening and we convince ourselves that we can give God a hand -- as if HE's needing some help -- Sara and Abraham tried that -- and it got them 13 more years of waiting. . .and a dysfunctional relationship with a maid and a rebellious teenage son for Abraham.
We first have to ask ourselves -- is it for my good and HIS good? Abraham had a direct WORD from God that this was to come about.
Question to ask ourselves: Did GOD promise me this or do I want this so badly I've convinced myself that HE must want it too?
We waited a long time before God blessed our home with children and I thought God had given up on us -- that HE had some how lost interest in answering our prayers. BUT in HIS time -- HIS answer was so strong and so profound! Two beautiful, healthy children.
Disappointment does that -- causes us to lose hope and faith in the one who can meet our needs. It can somehow get us into not only doubting God but doubting ourselves and questioning the relationship we have with HIM. We have to not only trust HIM for answers, but trust HIM that HIS answer will be the very best for us.
He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever HE promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. 23 And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, vs. 22-24
Do you see that we're mentioned in this part of the chapter??? Abraham kept believing and living out of hope -- and it not only kept him going --it was for us too. We're in this part of the story.
The one who called you is faithful and HE will do it! Thess. 5:24
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." Genesis 28:14-16