In life, we can be challenged in our faith and our trust in God. We at times can have a word God has given us and that word is tested. Abraham, for example, was given a promise, and through faith he BELIEVED, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Joseph was given a dream that his brothers would bow to him and that there would be a famine in the land, and it manifested. He had to go through trials and tribulations before the dream and vision came to pass.
So also Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. (Galatians 3:6)
Joseph was pushed into a pit, and was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife (who he ran from), and he even ended up in prison (Genesis 39). Joseph’s story was redeemed when he interpreted dreams and ended up becoming second in command under Pharaoh. The dream came to pass when Joseph’s brothers begged for mercy during the famine and they bowed before Joseph.
God had greater plans for him than Joseph had for himself. When he was rejected by his brothers because they were jealous that he had the coat of many colors and because he had big dreams, he could have quit in the pit, in the prison or with Potiphar’s wife. Joseph didn’t sway in his faith or character and that led to his promotion. Many times God tests US to see if we believe Him and his Word.
God is a covenant-keeping God, and sometimes we think we will be the ones who look crazy if the Word isn’t performed, but actually it’s God’s job and responsibility to perform his Word.
The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” (Jeremiah 1:12)
Do we trust in His plans and promises for our lives? Look at Abraham and Sarah for another example. Abraham was righteous because he believed GOD. It was not his works that made him a right man, but His FAITH and trust in God, even when he almost had to lay down his son Isaac, whom he waited for many decades to have. Sarah, on the other hand, doubted God and His promises. She rejected the big picture and dream because it sounded too impossible…just too big for God.
Sarah, also known as Sarai in the Bible, also made her husband sleep with another woman called Hagar because she wasn’t conceiving and her clock was ticking! She took matters into her OWN hands and basically told her husband to have the child before the promised time that God set with Isaac (Isaac was the awaited son of promise). But before he was born, there was the first son, Ishmael, but it wasn’t from Sarah’s womb.
The name Isaac is a transliteration of Yitzchak, which is from the Hebrew root tzadi-chet-kuf, meaning “to laugh” (reformjudaism.org).
God promised a child from Sarah’s actual womb, not from another woman or another source. God wanted Sarah to trust that He could perform his power, and she laughed at God because she was past her childbearing years. That is why God had her to call the promise, the true son, Isaac, which means “she laughed.” God is funny at times and has a sense of humor!
And Sarah said, “God has made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.” (Genesis 21:6)
Obedience, faith and patience pay off, while disobedience, doubt and impatience do not. What will you choose? Do you trust God with your life? Do you need a miracle?
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