Genesis 21:1 God Fulfills His Promises

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Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. Genesis 21:1

Promises are something that people hear about all the time. Promises are made by many different people for many different reasons. Many of the promises are made by close friends, while others are made by others who are known, but not close.

While many promises are made, there are very few that are always kept. Excuses are made as to why a promise could not be kept, or blame is laid upon someone else for not fulfilling the promise. So many promises are broken, that many people do not trust very many people to fulfill a promise. It is often expected that a person will not fulfill the promise.

This feeling of distrust often extends over to God. Sarah and Abraham had always wanted to have a child of their own, but Sarah was unable to have one. At one point, when they were both very old, an angel came to them and told them that God has promised that they would have their own child. Sarah did not really believe God’s word, because of her age. At the time Sarah and Abraham had their child, they were both well beyond their child-bearing years. Yet, God fulfilled His promise to Sarah at the right time.

God has promised every believer many different things. Yet, many believers do not believe that God will fulfill His promise. Since men do not keep their promises, God is not expected to keep His.

If a believer will believe that God will do everything that He says He will do, he will live his life very differently. God has promised provision, life, direction, wisdom, love, peace, strength, salvation and much more. Just as God fulfilled His promise to Sarah and Abraham, He will fulfill His promises today.

Think of all of the promises God has made to you. These can be the ones directly written in the bible, or ones you heard God speak to you in your heart. Are you trusting that God will fulfill those promises? Are you acting upon those promises?

God’s timing for fulfilling His promises may not always seem to be the best time, but they are. God will fulfill His promise at the perfect time. God will never be late or early in doing what He has said He will do for you. Trust His word today.

I pray that you will know the promises God has made; that you will trust God’s promise to you; that you will live upon God’s promises; and that you will trust God’s timing to fulfill His promises. 

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Genesis 19:26 Desiring The Past

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But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26

The sin in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were so great that God had chosen to destroy both of them. In His great mercy, God warned Lot and his family to flee from the destruction. As Lot, his wife and daughters were leaving, his wife chose to look back at the city. When she looked back, God turned her into a pillar of salt.

Files on computers or online are filled with thousands of pictures of things that happened in the past. The pictures are kept to remember people and events that occurred in the past. People will look back at those photos remembering good and bad times. 

It is very common for some people to look back at things in the past and want to go back to that time. They want to go back when things were ‘better’. Often they want to escape the cares, fears, and trials of the present and go back to the ‘better’ days.

While there is nothing wrong with looking back at good times in one’s life, there are things that are often looked back upon and desired that are not good. Believers are to be a changed person. They have turned away from the past ways of living and become a new person in Jesus.

When a believer looks back on his old life and desires it, he is desiring the old and sinful ways of life. As he looks back, he is turning his back on Jesus and turning to sin and the world.

God is always moving forward. He is changing the believer to be more like Jesus every day. Going back to the old way of living, is to deny what Jesus has done. It is to deny what God wants the believer to be.

As a believer, keep your eyes focused ahead upon Jesus. You may look back to see how far you have come, but do not look back to desire it. God is always doing a new thing in your life. Do not allow the old ways to entice you to give up what God has done in your life.

Although the things in your past may have looked good, they only led to death. God wants to lead you forward into eternal life.

What are you desiring–the sinful past of death, or the future of life?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will help you turn from all sin; that you will know what God has in store for you; and that your eyes will always be on God. 

Genesis 15:1 A Very Great Reward

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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.” Genesis 15:1

Rewards are something that a person gets for doing something good. They are coveted by many people. Often the work being done, is done in order to get reward. People want to be recognized for their work.

What the reward is can be different and diverse as the there are people. Rewards can be money, a plaque, a key, one’s picture posted up on a wall, a piece of metal, or one of many other things.

The reward can also be non-physical things, such as the satisfaction of a job well done, the joy on someone else’s face, peace, or safety. Many people find their reward in joy in knowing that they had accomplished something or helped someone else.

None of these rewards are necessarily good or bad, they are just rewards that people get. However, there is one reward that a person can get that supersedes all other rewards.

Abram had successfully rescued his nephew Lot from some kings. He was offered a great monetary reward, but he turned it down. When he turned it down, God stepped in an told Abram to not be afraid, that He was his very great reward.

The greatest reward a person can ever get is God, Himself. Having God in one’s life is the best that a person can get. God is eternal and perfect love. He is all-powerful and in control. When God is a person’s reward, he does not need to fear, he has absolutely everything that he could ever want or need. The person has the best thing possible.

Every person has the ability to have God as his reward. All he must do is believe in and follow Jesus. God will then become his very great reward. With that reward comes peace, joy, and eternal life. There is no other need that a person will ever have.

As you are going through this life, do not look for the rewards that people give, but look to the reward God is willing to give you. He gives Himself to you. Having God in your life is more than you will ever need. God will provide for more than any other reward given.

Are you satisfied with having God as your very great reward?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what you have in Jesus; that God will be all that you need; that you will know God as your very great reward; and that God will remove all fear in your life.