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God's greater promises

It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them. All these people died still believing what God had promised them. Hebrews 11:11-13

God’s promises are intended for those who are willing to trust Him regardless of time restraints. No doubt Abraham was a great example of what faith in the life of every believer should be. His story was held up even in the New Testament as a great illustration of what faith is. “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith” (Galatians 3:6). From the text, Abraham and Sarah were given a promise in the most difficult situation. The promise was made when it was impossible for Sarah to conceive. Yet, Sarah was willing to believe in God’s promise. Abraham trusted God’s Word with certainty that he regarded his promise and associated it with his present reality. There are times that we will be facing circumstances that seemed too difficult to find solutions. But what matter to us as a child of God in these kinds of situations is the knowledge that we have God’s promises. The basis of this conviction is not in the immediate but on a continual dependence on God. We trust that He is working out His will that will produce a greater result. Abraham’s example of faith is what other believers followed that in their mind’s eye, though they did not see the fulfillment yet of the promise they knew they will come to fruition. “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it” (Hebrews 11:13). This is what made them endure the persecutions and trials they were facing. To know that they have a better future and to have it in the presence of God was enough for them to live by faith. “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him” (Hebrew 11:6). God is more concerned that our relationship with Him is based on our faith on Him. As His child you know that He is not just your Lord that will provide a solution or answer to your circumstances. Though not finding answers or solutions to pressing circumstance but all that matter is there is a greater promise you could hold on to that includes a future with Him. So daily seek His presence and remind yourself of His promises.


Noel De Guzman

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