Read: Gen. 12:1-4; 21:1-7
When people say, “Promise, promise,” it is often when they have been disappointed by someone who failed to keep a commitment. The more it happens, the greater the sadness and the deeper the complaint. Have you ever felt that God doesn’t keep His promises? It is an attitude that can slowly develop over time.
After God promised Abraham, “I will make you a great nation,” (Gen. 12:2), 25 years passed before the birth of his son Isaac (Gen. 21:5). During that period, Abraham questioned God about his lack of a child (Gen. 15:2), and he even resorted to taking Hagar, his wife’s handmaiden, as his wife and having a son Ishmael through her (Gen. 16:15). That definitely was not God’s plan for him. Yet, through the ups and downs, God kept reminding Abraham of His promise to give him a child, while urging him to walk faithfully with Him and believe (Gen. 17:1-2).
When we claim one of God’s promises in the Bible, whether it is for peace of mind, courage, or provision of our needs, we place ourselves in His hands and on His timing. As we wait, at times it may seem as if the Lord has forgotten us. But trust embraces the reality that when we stand on a promise of God, He remains faithful. The assurance is in our hearts, and the timing is in His hands.