When The Lord Speaks It
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. – Genesis 12: 1-4 NLT
Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. – Genesis 21:1-2 NLT
Welcome to the New Year! This devotional was unplanned. I had something else in mind, but as I listened to my Pastor teach from this very text yesterday, I knew that what I must share as it is my favorite lesson on faith in the Bible. It’s not a pretty story; as a matter of fact it reads like a modern day soap opera, but it is the story of Abraham – the father of our faith.
From the moment that God first called Abram out of Harran, away from his family, to the moment Abram would be renamed Abraham and receive God’s promise of an heir and birth a nation was 25 years. Twenty-five years. As I read the scripture and begin to reflect, I realized something about God. Often times, God will tell us who we are and what we will do even before we know ourselves. He will reveal His promise before we ever thought we were capable or even knew it was a desire of our heart.
For me personally, when God gave me my calling to ministry, He also revealed two other things to me. One was that I would be an author and a speaker. Before I knew I could write or even had anything to say. Over a decade ago, I doubted, I wondered, and I did not believe. But nearly 14 years later (I have learned what it means to wait), I am exactly what and who He said I would become.
I said this in 2013, but it must be stated again as we start 2014. If God gave you a vision for your life – if HE made a promise to you – it will come to pass. Abraham experienced many trials before He saw God’s promise come to fruition. He even tried to take his destiny into his own hands to help God, yet none of that brought God’s promise to fruition any sooner than God had planned. God’s promise comes with God’s plan. As we begin 2014, know that as His children, sons and daughters of the Most High God, you each will receive everything The Lord has promised if you obey and believe. I know this to be true.