Getting Ahead of the Lord
Readings: Genesis 16, James 1:5-8, Philippians 1:4-6, Isaiah 41:9-10, and Psalm 91:14-16
Abram and Sarai were over 80 years old and usually by that point in time people are grandparents. Abram had been promised an heir and a nation as large as the number of stars in the sky, and how the nation would suffer for 400 years (Genesis 15). Gentlemen imagine being at the age of 86 and coming home to tell your spouse “guess what? We’re going to have a family so large that the stars in the sky pale in comparison.”. Your wife’s response would most likely be, “Honey have you been in the sauce again?”. Our arch-enemy, the Devil, duped Sarai into believing she needed to help the Lord after all, “how on earth is it possible to start a nation with two geriatrics?”. The Lord came through on his promise with a child that was born to Abraham and Sarah a few years after the birth of Hagar’s child. The thing is, Hagar and Ishmael would be evicted from the home twice and create future problems for Isaac and Rebekkah as well as Jacob and his family. In the same way, many of you have been promised something by the Lord whether it be a spouse, a job, a promotion, etc. When that promise does not come to fruition in the time we set or in the way expect it, we think “Maybe the Lord needs a little help”. I will tell you from personal experience, that the Lord will fulfill and complete that which He has started and does it without our help. 37 years ago, I asked the Lord for a spouse who would complete me and to have a family in 1986. 36 years later we are still married and she is still the Queen of my life. I encourage you, therefore, to hold onto the Lord’s promise without wavering.
You are the G-d and Father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and thousands upon thousands of others who have put their trust in you. For 37 years I have had my trust in you and You have never failed me. Please forgive me for the times I got ahead of you or listened to the wrong voice and got myself into trouble. Help me today to honor you in all that I do. I pray for those who are trusting You for answers to big prayers like a spouse, a job, healing for a loved one, etc. I pray for the peace of the USA the peace only You can give. I pray for those in harm’s way today like our military, police, and EMTs. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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