Hebrews 11:9 (NIV)
9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
Imagine getting a promise of a new house or a new car, and then being told that the promise isn’t for you but for your children or grandchildren. Most of us are so immersed in our consumer and instant gratification society that we don’t like to wait. Sometimes we even dream or wish for things that others have because we struggle to be satisfied with the blessing we have been given. God promises to care for us and give us all we need. God promises blessings beyond imagination. Yet, sometimes we are left waiting. Faith means we are sure of the promises of God, even when they seem a long way off.
Abraham was promised descendants more numerous than the stars, and all the land he could see but never really own. However, these promises were all promises for the future. It took twenty-five years for Issac to be born. It took hundreds of years before his descendants would return to take the Promised Land, and even then it would take hundreds of years more before they actually had control of all of the land.
Some people struggle to trust God because they don’t think that God will really come through for them. They don’t really believe God has a better plan, and some even question the reality of the heavenly reward. Life seems to have let them down, and they don’t really know if they can trust God fully. I can relate to this as I went many years struggling to trust that God would care for all my needs. I spent many sleepless nights in my early days of marriage worrying over bills and the future instead of trusting in God to care for my future.
Abraham lived as a wandering nomad, where God had placed him. He trusted in the future promise, which would take longer than his lifetime to be fulfilled. God’s promises often come in ways we least expect, and likely not how we plan or imagined they would. The reality is God sees all of the time and knows the real needs while we are often stuck in the moment we live.
Trust in the Lord, for God knows and loves us. In God’s time the
true blessings come.
Blessings on your journey with Jesus,