Day 21 – Jan 21 – A Promise Keeping God

Today’s reading:
Genesis 18: 10
“I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” (NIV)

Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
(NIV)

We often do not hesitate to put our trust in people, whom we know to be faithful. The ones we can count on, no matter the circumstance. Here is a man who was almost a century old, putting his trust in a promise made by someone he trusted. Abraham’s body was as good as dead when God gave him the promise of a baby, their own seed. Mind you, these were times when there were no Intrauterine Inseminations, no In-vitro fertilization, no treatments whatsoever for infertility. Yet he simply believed God was able. And “Abraham is the Father of all those who believe“.(Romans 4:16; NLT)

Yet he [Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (Romans 4:20,21; NIV)

In time to come, one of his own descendants, David believed in the promise that he received from God, “Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me ; your throne will be established forever” (2 Sam 7:16; NIV). God promised David that he will not fail to have one of his own descendents on the throne of Israel forever. And we see the promise being fulfilled in Luke 1:31-33, when the angel Gabriel proclaims to Mary about the baby Jesus to be conceived in her womb.

The point to be noticed here is that both David & Abraham trusted the One who made the promise, simply because they knew Him to be faithful. In Gen18:17 we see the Lord saying “Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do”. It is hard to miss the intimacy in that statement. Similarly, God calls David, “A man after My own heart” (Acts 13:22). It reveals the friendship that God and David enjoyed. Both Abraham & David were able to put their faith in the promise God made to them, since they knew their God.

Though in reality trusting in the One “who does not lie or change His mind”, shouldn’t be so difficult, the faith that it takes to step out into the unknown, simply at His word, can arise only from a close and intimate relationship with Him, as a friend.

Does your relationship with the heavenly Father kindle your faith in His promises to you? Or do you have difficulty in believing in God’s promises? Maybe it is time to get close to Him? Get to know Him.

Pray in your own words: Tell Him you have difficulty believing. Tell Him you would like to trust Him. Listen to His promises for you and hold on to them. Read the Word.

Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 1-3 (Old Testament), Matthew 14: 1- 21 (New Testament). (Click here to read)
(This plan is a yearly plan where you can read the full Bible in a single year.)

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