“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
– Genesis 12:2,3
Did you know that Abraham was 70 years old at the time he first appeared in the Bible? I don’t know about you, but when someone tells me they’re 70, I make the assumption that the majority of their life is behind them (based on an average life expectancy of 78 years). If this is true today, how much more was it so in Biblical times when the world was full of sickness, pestilence, and war? And yet God chose to give a promise to this 70-year-old man that he would be the father of a great nation, and that everyone on earth would be blessed through him. Even crazier is the fact that it took another 30 years for the Lord to fulfill the promise. That means Abraham was 100 years old by the time he finally had Isaac! I honestly can’t imagine what it was like for him with each passing birthday as he wondered if this would be the year he would finally see the covenant fulfilled. Nevertheless, he kept believing and the Bible says that his faith was credited to him as righteousness.
God is not hurried or worried, my friend, and all of His promises to you are “yes and amen,” even when you don’t see evidence of their fulfillment. Nothing is beyond His ability to repair, restore, or bring to pass, because He who promised is faithful! He is working in the in-between to strengthen, equip, and prepare you for your Promised Land so that when it dawns, you can embrace it with confidence, humility, and strength of character. Never give up on your loving Lord because He will never give up on you; He has gone before you to straighten the path, level the mountains, and make a way through the wilderness. Hold fast because your best is yet to come!
Thank you, Jesus, for making me a steward of your promise, no matter how long it takes to see its fulfillment.
What promise are you waiting to see fulfilled in your life? Give it to Jesus today.