How God Plans to Keep His Word

How long have you been waiting?

What on earth are you waiting for?

Is that the problem–you’re waiting for something on earth when the fulfillment of your longing lies in the realm of eternity?

But I’m not going to be that ethereal with this post. I’m talking about waiting on the things you actually need, long for, must see, can only realize here on this earth.

Maybe you’re waiting on a restored relationship, healing, someone to come through on their word … God to come through on His Word …

I wonder how Abraham felt waiting … and waiting … and waiting … on God to fulfill His promise of making Abraham into a great nation and planting him in the most beautiful, resourceful land.

In his book, Climbing With Abraham, David Ramos reminds us:

“And of all the land he was promised, [Abraham] only ends up legally owning a fraction of one percent of it by his death.”

I wonder if Abraham reflected on the fact that God had created the whole earth in seven days and destroyed it with a flood in 40 days. That’s pretty fast, all things considered. So why on earth did God drag out the time He required to fulfill His promises to Abraham.

Ramos says again:

“God cares for you intimately, but is never thinking of only you. His plans are always bigger than us, and that is for our ultimate good.”

I’ve got a list of things I’m waiting for, a list of things I pray for incessantly and wonder if God has even grown dull to hearing my repetition.

But I cling to some New Testament truths here too: He told us to keep asking, seeking and knocking–implying that the answer will come but not necessarily in a timely window. He also promises that He who began a good work in us will complete it. No ifs, ands or buts. (Matthew 7:7, Philippians 1:6)

So there you have it. God’s recipe for meeting your heart’s desire:

You pray, you seek, you ask, you knock. You pray more, ask more, seek more, knock more. You believe God (Genesis 3:6). You die (maybe) (Hebrews 11:13), you see God (1 Corinthians 13:12), not a single promise fails–ever (Joshua 21:45).

All things (for all people who love God, in every place, over all time) work together for good (Romans 8:28).

You see, it’s “bigger than us” (you’ve got to read Ramos’ book). 

Falling Silent

We’ve been walking through Dave Ramos’ book, Climbing With Abraham, and I have to share this little nugget with you this morning!

You’ve likely heard the story of Abraham and how long he had to wait for the promised heir, Isaac. (Read Genesis 15:1-6)

In this short passage, Abraham tells God that there is no inkling at all of an heir on the horizon. It seems like God is going to have to change his plans or renege on His promises. But God answers calmly, assuring: “I do what I say.”

“[Abraham] falls silent, not out of defeat but out of  belief.” [Climbing With Abraham]

What is God asking you to believe? Is it something that seems completely impossible? Admittedly, I have a few things I’m longing and waiting for that truly seem impossible now–at least highly unlikely.

Will you step up with me, shut up with me, FALL SILENT, not out of frustration, resignation or defeat, but OUT OF BELIEF ...