Thursday, November 29, 2012

Waiting Well for God's Promises

No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. — Romans 4:20-21, ESV

Abraham was promised by God that he would have a son. He received this promise when he was 75 years old. And when did it happen? Twenty-five years later. God's promise given to Abraham was fulfilled 25 years after the promise was proclaimed. And the fact that he could have a son at 100 years old was a miracle in itself being that his own body was as good as dead (Romans 4:19). And yet, he waited, and the promise was fulfilled.

He did not wait perfectly, of course. Remember that he and Sarah had an idea to help the promise of God become a reality by having Abraham sleep with her servant to help the process along in bearing a son. And out of that poor decision came broken relationships throughout the generations. But Abraham did still, according to Romans 4, hold out for the promise of God nonetheless.

But how did he do it? How did he remain hopeful when everything seemed against him? He did not waver concerning the promise of God. He grew strong in his faith in the midst of waiting. But how?

as he gave glory to God.

The key to waiting well for the promises of God is to give glory to God. During the waiting, keep your focus on God and make much of him. As you do, be convinced that God is able—that God has power to do the impossible. How much power? Remember, God is the one who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist (Romans 4:17). 

So, remember God's power. Give glory to God. Wait. And then enjoy the promise of God when he decides to give it—even if it takes 25 years.

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