The Promises of God…
And, behold, I AM with thee…(Genesis 28:15)
What keeps us, as believers in God and Christ Jesus, doubting and not believing that God is right beside us in every matter, circumstance, and situation within our lives? Why do we feel at times that we have been abandoned, left all alone, completely misunderstood by friend and foe alike, and in despair without hope or remedy when things aren’t going our way; especially for long extended periods of time?
Can you only imagine how Abraham and Sarah really felt as year after year passed by without the slightest sign of a child being born unto them, after God had promised Abraham that he would become the Father of Many Nations? Can you understand why Sarah decided to take matters into her own hands and “make” the situation or “promise” happen faster by giving her handmaiden, Haggai, to know Abraham and birth him a child thinking that this would “help” God’s promise come about? As if God needed her help? Oh, how that human interference resonates even today! God, have mercy.
But, aren’t we all pretty much the same way? How many times have I possibly interfered with God’s plan for my own life believing I was “helping” God out in the matter? How many choices have I made believing that “my” choices would bring about God’s will sooner, quicker, faster, and smoother?
Ours being an “instant” society and an impatient generation, don’t you believe Sarah did pretty well waiting two whole decades or longer before she finally gave in and decided to take matters into her own hands…Sadly, I do…Don’t you? We all have a tenancy to take some sort of “action” or “reaction” in matters pertaining to our own lives within a few minutes, hours, days, or weeks…Waiting as long as she did was actually pretty amazing!! We all have to admit that “waiting” for God’s plan to unfold and reveal itself is not always our strongest virtue!
God’s Promises…Waiting on God’s Promises…Have you ever thought about God’s Shield of Faith mentioned in Ephesians chapter six? The type of armour the Apostle Paul was referring was not wimpy pieces of attire that just any old average person could put on and wear…The six pieces of armour were very heavy weighing several pounds a piece…Then, one would have to “hold up” a thirty pound shield moving it around and placing it over the area of the body to which the enemy was attacking and quickly moving it to another area as the enemy made another jab after another jab…Exhausting to say the least!!! Spiritual Warfare is NOT for wimps!
For a Christian to gird up and put on his or her daily Spiritual battle attire and gear, it takes believing faith and practicing faith in believing in God’s Promises that HE WILL NEVER LEAVE NOR FORSAKE US EVEN WHEN EVERYONE ELSE AROUND US HAS DESERTED US AND IS FAR GONE! AN “All alone FAITH” requires a Greater FAITH! Amen…
I would personally imagine that Abraham’s wife, Sarah felt all alone in her circumstances and situation…After all, it was she who was married to Abraham who had been promised by God a “seed” that would one day become the Father of many nations! How was she to know that she would be in her 90’s before GOD determined to bring forth his great PROMISE!
We all have a tendency at times to believe if God doesn’t show up and show out within a reasonable amount of time that He has either forgotten all about us or His promises are simply not true…Yes; we, in fact, call God a liar within our hearts and minds and through our actions and reactions…God, Forbid and Have Mercy on ALL of US who become weak and weakened at times in our faith regarding your Divine Promises…
GOD IS FAITHFUL, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. (I Corinthians 1:9 KJV). On most days, if not every day, it would do us all good to exercise our Faith in God’s promises….Perhaps quote out loud the many promises of God that HE has bestowed upon His children…Gird up the loins of our mind in His promises!
Satan is a liar and the very father of lies…He is relentless in his efforts to get us to doubt our Heavenly Father’s promises…And, he (Satan) uses “time” as one of his favorite tools of doubt. He feeds our minds with thoughts such as, “Well, the problem is still here…I don’t see God doing anything about it. If you want it to change, you better do it yourself, or it’ll be the same old way in a week, month, or year from now…Do you really want to wait that long and keep going on like this…If God really cared He’d do something by now…So, go ahead make that call, send that letter, tell that person what you really think and how you really feel… You need to stand up for yourself; no body else will…” Oh, how we ALL fight such temptations and lies from Satan!
Yes; , the many “lies, lies, and lies” Satan haunts us with day in and day out…No wonder so many of us give into his lies and take matters into our own hands…We “grow weary in well-doing.” But, oh, how we regret when we do! And, how we live “wishing” ( perhaps for the rest of our lives) that we hadn’t said this… or done that! Sadly, I can relate to Sarah, can you? But, let us learn to trust God and trust in His promises!
GOD IS FAITHFUL…And, HE will restore, repair, and remake our lives as we “learn” to trust more and WAIT upon the Lord…Today, both you and I can believe in God’s promises of assurance that He will neither leave nor forsake us…He will be with us even until the end…Hold HIGH your Shield of Faith over every area of doubt in your life…For the PROMISES OF GOD STAND TRUE AND FAITHFUL…JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING….AMEN!
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author
@copyright by Lin T Rollins Sept. 2012