Every night when my children go to sleep I pray that the Lord would make them great men and women of God who love the Lord with all their hearts and trust Him because His promises are true. I pray for certain qualities to arise in them even as the opposite qualities may be rearing their ugly head in them and even in me. I am so glad that the Lord sees us and loves us, and promises to grow in us the fruits of His spirit even if we don’t even feel the seed of that particular quality planted in our hearts. I am praying for those promises from the Word to be fulfilled in their lives.
Abraham was the father of many nations, the very one who God cut “covenant” with as He told Abraham he would be given the promised land. This father of many nations was old, lived a nomadic life, and had no heir, but God called him Father and even told him where his people would live. Impatient mother of young ones, God promised you the fruit of the Spirit called patience. Trust that He will grow that in you as you focus your eyes on Him. Give yourself opportunities to show patience, and when you fail remember that God is at work in you! He will fulfill His promises to you. We can be “confident that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
I love the story of Abraham in the bible. He loved his wife, Sarah and they had a lot of adventures together including giving birth to Isaac as a very old couple. Isaac was promised to them and God fulfilled that promise. About thirty seven years after Isaac was born, Abraham’s dear Sarah died. We read in Genesis 23 that even in his grief, Abraham trusted God and bought land to bury his wife in the land that he had been promised. He could have easily buried her elsewhere, but he purposefully went to the city gates and bought the land from the Hittites for 400 shekels. (This amount was actually quite large, but he paid it without complaint to gain the land). He was acting on faith of the promises God had made to him. He had lived a largely nomadic life, but upon Sarah’s death he stepped into the promise of the land by officially purchasing a plot of land to bury his dead. Abraham could have easily taken Sarah’s body back to where he came from, where he would have buried her before God made a promise to him to give him the land of Canaan. When Abram met God and changed to Abraham he was completely changed and his actions proved that he was trusting in God’s promises even when he couldn’t see all of those promises yet fulfilled. That faith is why Abraham is mentioned in the Hall of Faith known as Hebrews chapter 11.
When circumstances become difficult do you lean on the Lord and trust in His promises, or do you go back to where you came from— where you were in your flesh before you met with the Lord? Have you been changed by the Lord? Have you stepped into the promises of the Lord in your life? Do your actions prove that you are trusting in God’s promises? Abraham bought and filled a tomb to show he trusted in the fulfillment of God’s promises. Jesus emptied a tomb to show we can trust that HE is the fulfillment of God’s promises! Nothing you could ever do or have done will make God love you any less if you have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. He longs to have you follow Him and trust Him. He is faithful even when you are not, and His promises are true.
God calls you Daughter of the Most High. Step into those promises. Serve Him well and walk by faith. Jesus is our promise fulfilled.