GOD IS FAITHFUL TO HIS PROMISES
How does God fulfill His promises? He proves Himself, His Word and power. God uses His power to do exactly as He has promised. God kept His Word. Note how the Word of God is stressed. God had promised a son to Abraham and Sarah, and He gave them a son. He did exactly what He had promised He would do.
Note another fact as well: the son was born in Abraham's "old age," at the very time appointed or set by God. The birth was a miracle. Abraham and Sarah were both too old to bear children. They were well beyond childbearing years, but God miraculously quickened-made alive, rejuvenated-their bodies so that they could bear a child. In fact, the very time for the birth was set by God, and the son was born at the very time God had appointed. The birth was controlled by God from start to finish, controlled by His power. God had the power to prove Himself, to fulfill His promise, His Word, to do exactly as He had promised.
Thought 1. God keeps His Word, His promises, but God sometimes delays His promises just as He did with Abraham. We often need to grow in our faith...
- to learn more endurance and hardness.
- to become stronger and more determined.
- to learn to trust and hope more in God.
- to pray and fellowship more with God.
There are a multitude of reasons why God may not immediately fulfill His promises in our lives. But two facts are always true:
1) God is faithful to His promises. God will always do exactly what He promises He will do. He may delay for a while in order to strengthen us or to teach us some lesson. But God is faithful; He will prove Himself and fulfill His promises to us.
"God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord" (1 Cor. 1:9).
2) God is powerful enough to keep His promises. He has the power to do exactly what He says He will do, the power to fulfill His promises in our lives.
"But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26).