Just as He Said

Genesis 21:1
And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.

The story of Abraham and Sarah is the most widespread with regards to the topic of faith. The Lord had promised Abraham that He would make him a great nation and that he would have descendants as countless as the number of stars.

Genesis 15:5
Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

Yet, until then nothing had taken place and we see a small phase where they decided to take matters into their own hands and the consequence of that turned out to be Hagar and Ishmael. But God’s word had been crystal clear. He had promised him descendants through Sarah, his wife, and there was no change in that. It may have taken time but ultimately as we read in Genesis 21:1, God kept His word. It says that the Lords visited Sarah “as He had said” and He did for Sarah “as He had spoken”. The key words to ponder over are “as He had said” and “as He had spoken“. These phrases bring a surety to God’s words, that they can be trusted no matter what. Indeed, we see that everything took place just as the Lord had promised Abraham.

You may be going through a phase where you feel there are long pending promises spoken to you which may be yet to be fulfilled. You may feel disheartened at the turn of events seeing that things may not have taken place the way you had expected it to. But one thing is for sure. If God has promised you something, He will surely bring it to pass – in His time. We may have to wait but His faithfulness remains constant. Hebrews 13:5 says “I will never leave you nor forsake you“. That is His promise to His children and you can rely on it.

The next time you feel like giving up, when you feel the answer to your prayer remains unanswered, take heart. Our God does not lie and neither does He give empty promises. He will do just as He has spoken.

Hope Against Hope

Acts 7:2-3, 5
And he said, “Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, and said to him, ‘Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.’… And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. But even when Abraham had no child, He promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him.

We all know the story of Abraham. His name is synonymous with faith. He is considered by many as the father of faith. His story is that of hope and a strong faith in God in whom he believed. From the beginning of his journey, we see how God asked Abraham to do things which could be done ONLY through faith. And Abraham obeyed without questioning. Leaving his homeland into a place where he doesn’t know, asking him to believe that he would have countless descendants (when he never even had one child), asking him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, whom he received after years of waiting and trusting were no small tasks. However, Abraham persevered and remained steadfast. In verse 5, it says that he didn’t even have a foot space in the land to call his own. Yet God promised him the whole land.

In Romans 4:18, we read that Abraham did not lose his hope even though the situations around him seemed to be contrary to having hope. He hoped against hope. How was he able to do this? – his faith in the unchanging God.

We hear God speaking to us through different means. He may speak directly through His Word, or through prayer, through songs, through another believer or a pastor, etc. But are you willing to obey His voice? When we hear a prophecy spoken to us, we like to obey by weighing the statistics and if we feel there is a chance for the prophesy to be fulfilled, then we are ready to obey it. But God doesn’t want early preparations and settings. He wants you to be ready to obey Him no matter what. The more impossible the situation may seem, the more we need to trust in Him to bring His promises to pass.

You may have heard prophesies about you for many years but none of them may have been fulfilled. You may think that God has forgotten. But no, He doesn’t forget. If He has spoken it, it will come to pass- in His time. We need to keep trusting and just like Abraham, we need to “hope against hope” that God will never go back on His Word and if you are willing to obey Him, there is no doubt that He will bless you in ways that you never imagined. Amen!

When Asked to Give Up…

One of the most painful and difficult decisions one has to make in his lifetime is to depart from his friends , family and the place familiar to him and go ahead to a new place. Yet, when Abraham was asked to pack his bags and leave his homeland, that is exactly what he did.

Genesis 12:1, 2
Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.

Abraham didn’t know where he was to go; he didn’t know what future lay in store for him. He was aware of only one thing – God called him to go and his blessings were assured as long as he heeded the voice of God. Even if that meant breaking all ties from his past and looking forward to new pastures, he was ready and willing because He knew the God who called him would never leave nor forsake him. We read in Hebrews 11 that it was his faith in God and his willingness to give up anything for the Lord which ultimately was credited to him as the success of his life.

As believers, we have a Christian duty to sever all ties with anything or anyone who hinders our walk with Christ. Anything that draws our heart farther from God needs to be removed from our lives. Let’s take a moment to analyze ourselves. If there is anything that needs to thrown away from your life, which blocks or stands as an obstacle from spending time with God, ask God to give you the strength and the resolve to make the right decision to help you to serve God with your time. When you give your time for God, you will be amazed to see the wonders that begin to manifest in your life. A person who has a daily fellowship with Christ can withstand any problem that comes his way. God bless