“The Lord kept His word and did for Sarah exactly what He had promised. She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would.” Genesis 21:1-2
Some people think the Old Testament is boring or that it doesn’t apply to us. This couldn’t be further from the truth. You want some exciting material to read through, read the Old Testament. God gave us the Old Testament WITH the New Testament to read and apply to our lives. There is so much richness in the words of the Old Testament and if you don’t read it you will miss out on wonderful stories of God and how he blesses His people. This story is one of many that shows God will always do what He says He will. The Lord kept his word and did exactly what He had promised. Genesis 21:1 I love this verse! Friends, it is that simple. God will do what He says He will. Trusting that and applying that to our lives is what this life of faith is all about. Sometimes our hearts get in the way of this truth. If God tells us that through salvation we are His, then we are His! If He tells us to live a life of faith and to trust in a future in heaven where there is no sickness and hurt we have to believe He will keep His Word even if it seems impossible. If the Bible tells us that when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are washed clean with the blood of Jesus, then we are. We are forgiven even when we don’t deserve that forgiveness. The impossible becomes possible. My study Bible says, “Doing the impossible is everyday business for God…… The way to bring peace to a troubled heart is to focus on God’s promises.”
As I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook today I read this post, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” –Corrie ten Boom. I thought it was perfect for today’s devotion. We don’t know the future, but God does. Let’s trust that He will do exactly what He says He will. The Bible is filled with stories of God keeping is promises to His people. He won’t stop keeping those promises now or ever. Let us commit this week to focusing on God instead of our troubled hearts. Trust Him to do what He says.
Gracious God, thank You for the reminder through this Bible verse that You keep Your promises no matter how impossible they may seem. You are a mighty God and are to be praised. You are a God that deals with the impossible every day. Help us never to forget that truth. Help transform our troubled hearts and replace that trouble with joy and peace. Forgive us when we doubt You and replace trust with worry and anxiety about a future that You already know. Help us to rest in your strong arms and the knowledge that we don’t have to know the future because You are already there. In Jesus Name, Amen.