A Promise to Hope In
Verse 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
One of the earliest versions of the promise was given to Abraham when God sent him on the journey of a lifetime. He was to pack up all his possessions and move to a faraway land. A land unknown to him and his people. But not a land unknown to God. He saw that land as the home He had made for His people. But the land was only part of the plan. The largest part of the plan was giving Abraham a legacy.
This promise of a child and being the father of many nations was a big thing in a culture where having many sons was viewed as a status to be achieved. But God didn’t promise it would happen tomorrow. This journey to another land would take time and so would the promised child. Abraham didn’t know how long it would take to become a father the first time. In fact the truth is that Abraham came to the place where he lost hope. He even went so far as to try to fulfill the promise on his own but God’s plan couldn’t be thwarted.
What Abraham didn’t understand was that God wasn’t promising many sons for him and his wife. This promise was so much bigger than that. God was giving Abraham a promise that was bigger than he could have imagined. Abraham had no way of knowing that his hope wasn’t to be for his own generation or the next. God was giving him a promise that was going to be for the hope of all generations.
This promise was for us too. Jesus’ birth has been a blessing to every generation. Because of His birth we can have hope. Hope because before we were even born God was busy prepping the greatest gift ever given. He promised and He delivered. He is faithful and so our hope isn’t empty, we know He will do as He has said. Our hope is in Him!
Making It Personal
Have you ever felt God leading you in a way you hadn’t expected? Did you obey His leading? What does having hope in Christ mean to you?
Making It Personal Kids
How important is it to keep a promise? Do you ever have someone promise you something and then take forever to give it to you? How hard is it to keep hoping for something that takes a long time to come?
Father, thank You for showing us our need to hope in You. Thank You for reminding us through the promise to Abraham that Your timing isn’t our timing and that we can hope in You because You always keep Your promises. In Jesus’ name, amen.