Does it make you excited that God is faithful to fulfill His promises to us? Because, man, does it make me excited!
// "The Lord had said to Abram, 'Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 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 12:1-3 //
Is it just me, or is it just beautiful to read God's Word and see where He gives promises and then read later how that promise comes fulfilled?
It's comforting because the same God who gave others promises and fulfilled them is the same God who will do it for me and for you.
I was reading the beginning of Deuteronomy recently as I read through the Bible in one year, and two verses jumped out at me in chapter 1:
- verse 8: "See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them."
- verse 10: "The Lord your God has increased your numbers so that today you are as numerous as the stars in the sky."
It immediately brought me back to reading Genesis about 2 months ago when God promised Abraham to bring him to a land He had for him and later promised to make his descendants as numerous as the stars and sand (Genesis 22:17).
Over 400 years had passed. Generations. Abraham nowhere near lived to see this come to pass. But he had faith that God would do it and walked accordingly in obedience.
We get so caught up in wanting God to give us the vision He lays on our heart immediately and then lose heart when our patience is tested. But we can't play God. We can't rush His timeline. We need to have faith in Him that He knows what is best and is in complete and total control.
So what do you need to rest from and trust Him in? Stop forcing? Just be?
I know, for me, I've had a vision for something since 2005 that I'm still waiting to come to pass, and it is 2018. Almost 13 years. But I'm seeing things unfold. And it won't come to pass tomorrow, so I'll continue to wait.
But that faithfulness He has to fulfill what He says is what pulls me closer to Him to abide and be still in Him. I'll endure the wait.