Fresh Hope – 22nd November 2017

God always does the right thing , even if it takes a long time.

When much time passes between when God promises something and when He eventually fulfils it, we often behave like small children who can’t wait for Christmas. We don’t like waiting, and we fear we have been forgotten.

It’s easy to see why Abraham in the Bible became impatient. When God sent him out from the area where he lived, he promised him that he would possess the land of Canaan, have many descendants, and his offspring would become a great nation. The fulfilment of that promise would bring him great joy, but after ten years, God had still not delivered on His promise.

Let’s take a look at what that decade looked like for Abraham:

-he left his family and his country, even though he didn’t know where he was going.
-he lived through a famine.
-he feared Pharaoh and lied to him.
-he experienced family conflict.

And after all of this he still had no son, and so he wanted to know if the deal was still on, or had God forgotten what He had promised.

God then spoke to him again…

Genesis 15:1, 5 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.’ He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’

Even after this reassurance, he started to take things into his own hands by sleeping with his maidservant and producing their ‘own’ version of what God wanted to do supernaturally. Big mistake.

God’s ways, and his sense of timing, are not like ours even though it may seem like a long time to us. God always does what is right, and He always does it at the right time. He always comes through.

The promise came to pass when Abraham was in his nineties.

As a young man of nineteen, I experienced what I can only describe as the audible voice of God. My encounter with God informed me that I was to be the Pastor of the Church that I had been taken to as a child and was still attending.

This came as a complete shock and surprise, so I decided to keep it to myself. I told no one for fear of seeming to take the matter into my own hands. As I waited for the promise to come to pass, there was absolutely no sign that it could be possible. After a few years I questioned God as to why he had forgotten what He had said, and while He still wanted me in my career at that time. His simple answer came back and told me ‘it’s all good preparation!’

God was preparing me and eventually I was asked eight years later to become what God had told me that I would. I was appointed as the Pastor of the church and the rest is history.

God’s promise to you is real. He may even be ready right now for you to receive it, but is unlikely that you are…and so He waits.

Don’t lose heart today. God never forgets.

My prayer for you today…

Lord, I ask that you help my friends have patience when it seems like a long time since they have heard from you. Help them to be obedient when your leading seems so strange, to ask questions when they do not understand, to trust you when they do not find answers, because you always do the right thing. Amen.

Pastor Mark

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