Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hold On To The Promise

The Lord had promised that Abraham and Sarah would one day have a child of their own. However time was quickly passing them by and it seemed as if that day would never come. One night following an intense battle, the Lord came and spoke to Abraham and said, "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward."(Gen.15:1). Abraham took the opportunity to ask God about the promises He had made earlier and replied, "Look You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my houses my heir!"(Gen.15:2). Up to this point Abraham had believed God when he was told to leave his fathers house. Abraham went out obediently, even though he did not know where he was going.(Hebrews11:8) He believed it when God told him that the land of Canaan would be given to his descendants. Yet at this moment nothing had changed. The promise had not come to pass.
Each of has moments in our walk with the Lord when we are tested to trust in the promises of God. Especially when we do not see any sign of things changing. Like Abraham we ask, "Lord what about what you said?" Thankfully the Lord did not leave Abraham hanging. The Lord appeared to Abraham and spoke to him once again. He reminded Abraham that he and Sarah would have a child. The Bible tells us that Abraham believed God.(Gen.15:6) Abraham took God at His Word. God confirmed His  covenant with Abraham by a sacrifice. 
The Lord has given to us many exceedingly great and precious promises. (2Peter1:4) When we have times of questioning the Lord, He will remind us again of what He had said before. It takes faith to believe, and faith to hold on. But remember that the Lord has confirmed those promises through a sacrifice of His only Son. God keeps His Word. Be encouraged today and keep walking by faith.