None of I us can say we truly enjoy the though of enduring hardships or suffering through hard times. As humans we prefer to maintain peace and joy in our lives and seek out contentment even in our day to day routine, but it rarely goes that way. Simple things like a misplaced object, being late for an appointment, forgetting to do something until the last moment or simply feeling over burdened with a busy schedule can feel like more stress than we can handle. What then, do we do when the bigger burdens start piling on? Do we give up? Throw in the towel and tell God we've decided not to play the game of life anymore? some of us may even want to sit on the floor and refuse to move until God fixes our problems, but life doesn't work that way and God doesn't either.
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I encourage you to read Hebrew chapter 6 along with this short devotional.
“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.””
God made promises to Abraham. He promised to multiply Abraham's descendants exceedingly but Abraham was old at the time and so was his wife. He could not see how God was going to make this happen. We cannot see how or when God is going to work in our lives or know what His future plans are for us. If we give up before we can see the finish line, how will we know what it is to win a race? God doesn't lie to us. Just because we don't see him fixing a situation, doesn't mean He isn't helping us.
“And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”
See that? Read it again... Abraham had to patiently endure! Being #patient when all is well may be no big thing but when God asks us to be patient during the trials, the suffering, and times where we cannot see a way out, that is when we grow and learn to lean on Him. Trusting God to take care of the situation doesn't mean coming out unscathed, sometimes it means acquiring new battle scars, but those scars are a testimony we can share with others to help them get through their own battles.
“For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,”
Once again, God got down on man's level and spoke in terms we can understand. God swore to Abraham upon Himself to fulfill His #promise. Not because He needed to, but because mankind holds a swear upon a life as a binding statement that has value and is trustworthy. God didn't need to swear to Abraham because He is God and we should trust His words without question, but our sin nature pulls us towards doubt even when God speaks clearly in our lives.
I #encourage you today not to let go of your faith. God did bless Abraham and fulfilled His promise in His own timing. Don't give up on the promises God has made to you and me in His word. Stand fast in your faith, or crawl back to it on your knees when you must, But let God take the wheel of your life and trust Him that everything will be just as He planned and there is no better way for it to all work out.
Have a blessed day Little Sparrows,