Thursday, November 13, 2008

Believe and Receive...

(against all hope, Abrahan in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it has been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead----since he was about a hundred years old----and that Sarah's womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthen in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.) Romans 4:18-21.

These verse are a great encouragement to those of us who have ever had endure long periods of waiting before we saw the fulfillment of God's promises to us. The emphasis here is upon the fact that Abraham's situation was completely hopeless. Yet, he believed God's promise to give him a son in his old age. It was many years before God fulfilled this promise to Abraham, and he made some mistakes during those years. still these verse don't mention Abraham's doubt but focus instead on his faith. That fact should encourage us, too. Though we may struggle with our own doubts from time to time, if we hold on to God's promises, we will receive our rewards just Abraham did.

If you are not feeling very hopeful to day that God's promises to you will ever come to pass, I urge you to hold on to your faith. The Living Bible says that Abraham "praised God for his blessing even before it happened." If you'll begin thanking God right now for the fulfillment of those promises that look like they'll never come to pass, your faith will grow by leaps and bounds and you will delight the heart of God.

From: Life on Purpose devotional

Personal views:
...we too struggle a lot on the area of waiting upon the fulfillment of God's promise blessings. Its hard to wait specially if you are in great needs. But knowing that God is in full control of everything gives us comfort and relief.

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