God’s promises are true. Think about some of the promises you have read in the Bible and how they have either already occurred or are in process of happening. And some of His promises are yet to be fulfilled.
It took over 25 years for God’s promise to Abraham to begin to appear. When Abraham was 75, God promised that He would create a great nation through him. At 100 years old, Abraham and Sarah (90 yrs. old) became the parents of Isaac. The years had passed but God was faithful. Isaac, the son of promise, had children who had children and before long the nation of Israel was formed.
How do God’s promises come about?
- God comes to us. In Genesis 21:1, the Lord came to Sarah and she was able to conceive. God is personal. He reveals His promises through His Word and when we pray. Having a relationship with Him is paramount to knowing His promises.
- God’s upholds His promise. Sometimes His promises result in miracles as in the case of Sarah conceiving when she was past childbearing years. But when God promises something it happens. And yes it may be miraculous. Genesis 21:1
- God tell us what He is going to do. God had spoken to Abraham 25 years earlier informing him that he would father a nation. God is open about His promises. We need ears to hear when God speaks! Genesis 21:2
- God commands us to take action. God does His part and wants to include us. In Genesis 21:4 God commands Abraham to dedicate the new baby Issac through the covenant ritual of circumcision. Abraham obeyed. That should be our response as well.
- God’s promises bring joy! (Genesis 21:6). We need to laugh. In this case, there was the unbridled joy that the promise of new baby had brought to Sarah, Abraham and all who knew Isaac. The promise fulfilled. Rejoice!
God is the God of Promise. What He says is true and He will do what He says He will do. We are called to live in His promises and to share His promise of salvation with everyone. (John 3:16)
Let’s also keep our promises to Him and to one another.