Sometimes my heart fairly bubbles with joy when I find nuggets of encouragement buried in the Bible. Today, for instance, I read about God appearing to 99-year-old Abram.
Considering the circumstances and the 24-year wait since God had appeared and made a huge promise to him, Abram had multiple reasons to doubt seeing this promise fulfilled. Every human odd was stacked against him. Surely he must have wondered if God had made a mistake when He said He’d give him more descendants than the grains of sand on the seashore (Genesis 12:4; 17:1).
But God makes no mistakes, and nothing’s impossible for Him. “I am God Almighty,” He said when He appeared to Abram. “Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.”
Focused solely on his circumstances and the time involved, Abram could have easily lost heart. Perhaps God knew this (ya think?), and so He reminded him to keep his eyes on Him. Being grounded in the truth of who God was would enable Abram to serve Him faithfully and live a blameless life as he persevered through the wait.
Maybe you’re in a waiting period too. Maybe you’ve prayed for ages for a prodigal child to come home, or for a broken family relationship to heal, or for a financial or health breakthrough. Maybe you’re wondering whether you’ll ever see change. The circumstances seem impossible, and you’re tempted to give up. If so, ask yourself these three questions.
- To whom do you pray?
- On whom do you wait for a breakthrough?
- Who’s working behind-the-scenes?
The answer to all three questions is “God Almighty.” Be encouraged knowing He’s fully aware of your situation. Surrender your cares to Him. Let Him carry the weight that you’ve been shouldering. Let Him “fix” whatever’s gone wrong. And trust that He’s working in the details even though you can’t see anything happening now.
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