Hebrews 11:13 NLT
All these people [Abraham, Isaac, Jacob] died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.
Abraham was promised repetitively by God that he would have many descendants. That he would be a father to many, so many that people would not be able to count them. At the time this promise came, Abraham didn’t even have a child of his own. God even went further, giving Abraham details…
Genesis 17:6 NKJV
I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.
Well that promise seems like a stretch, especially because Abraham was getting older, and was still without child. But the promise of God over Abrahams life was generational. Now why is this important? Thanks for asking.
The church today sometimes glorifies the now word. The now manifestation of the promises of God. This has created an attitude of microwave faith. Abraham was around 75 when the promise first came from God and he was 100 when Isaac was born. That’s 25 years. He waited. For twenty five years. But wait… that’s not even where his wait ended.
When Abraham died he was still waiting for the full measure of the promise of God over his life to be made manifest. He had come to experience a certain part, in the birth of Issac. But he didn’t see or even meet the nation’s that God promised would be born from him. Yet he remained faithful in his wait, and steadfast in his faith.
God did not lie. Right now, with every child of God who chooses Christ, God’s word is fulfilled. To this day, the promise is still as real now as it was then.
God’s promises over your life are just as real, and the purpose of those promises is just as generational. But just like Abraham you need to wait, faithfully. Keep holding on to His word, no matter how long it takes to see it. And remember that your faith is working not just for you, but for many generations to come.