Thursday, January 26, 2017


Gen. 24:6-7 "No!" Abraham warned. "Be careful never to take my son there. For the Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and my native land, solemnly promised to give this land to my offspring. He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a young woman there to be my son's wife.
     Abraham was old and wanted to provide a wife for his son, Isaac. He instructed his trusted servant to go find a wife for Isaac. The servant had asked Abraham if it would be okay to take Isaac to her and let him live there if she would not be willing to come to Isaac. Abraham would have nothing to do with that idea.
     What jumps out at me is the reason Abraham gave his servant for not letting Isaac settle in a different land. God had made a promise to Abraham many years before and Abraham was standing strong on God's promise. Even though he had not yet seen the promise fulfilled, he trusted in God. He had lived a long life and had not yet seen what God had promised. Yet, Abraham believed God. He refused to give up on God. He knew that God was faithful and would keep His word to him. 
     It's so easy to just give up on God when things don't come together as we think we should or when we think they should. It's easy to blame God when His promises don't seemingly come to pass. We pray and ask the Lord in believing faith to change things. We stand on the promises of God and expect to see the changes. Many stumble and fall over God's delays or when He acts in a different way than when expected.
     Abraham knew that God was faithful and would keep His word. He believed that God would provide a wife for Isaac and that she would come to him in his own land. God promised and Abraham stood on His promise. We may not always see what we want to see when we want to see them from God, but God is faithful. He never makes a promise He does not keep. You can trust God and build your life on what He says.

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