The promises of God are already mine…
Do you believe it? Do you really really believe it? Do you believe it when it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen? Do you believe it when no one else around you believes it? Do you believe it even though it seems impossible?
Genesis 21:1-7 21 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7 And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
You’re too old! You’re too young! You’re too uneducated! You’re too inexperienced! You’re too poor! You’re too short! You’re too fat! You’re too broken! There will always be a reason on the tip of our minds or another’s tongue for why we cannot do what we hope to do, for why God cannot do what we know deep within our spirits God has already told us would manifest in our lives. There will always be something about you that ought to disqualify you from achieving your dreams, reaching your goals, living your truth, unapologetically embracing your purpose, but God! There will always be something insufficient about you that will cause others to say you cannot, do/be this or that, but God! There will always be something that makes having faith and believing the truth God has planted in our spirits seem unconquerable based on the facts we see with our eyes. What then? Stand on the promises of God!
The thing about faith and believing God is that oftentimes it requires us to possess a spiritual vision that goes beyond physical sight. It requires movement and actions propelled more by what we know to be true within us and not necessarily what seems real and possible outside of us. God did for Sarah what God promised God would do! That’s good news. In fact, it’s great news. That in spite of her age, God allowed her to birth a child. That in spite of those who others who considered it impossible, God proved to be faithful. It didn’t happen overnight, in fact, it took years to manifest, but Sarah continued to believe God. I dare you to believe God. To replace your human doubts with divine trust. To replace your fears with faith. To continue standing in the very moments you want to sit down, walk away, and give up altogether.
My prayer is that God will give us the faith and fortitude of Sarah, to continue standing on God’s promises, to increase our faith and trouble our hearts when we dare settle for the crumbs in front of us because we don’t have the audacity to wait on the wholeness and healing and abundance promised us if only we wait in faith and trust God to remain faithful, today, tomorrow, and forevermore. Amen. ~Rev. Yorri