Today I was finding myself feeling a little low so I decided to “binge-read” a devotional in the Bible app.
I landed on Kong Hee: God’s Vision For You. I’ve never heard of him but I was open to hearing something new.
His devotional was about Genesis 15 and the relationship between God and Abraham. Two concepts really encouraged me today:
- When you feel hopeless in the wait – God will remind you who He is
- God remembers every single promise He has made to you
A lot of times I can feel discouraged waiting. There are so many things I feel like are anywhere from 10 years all the way up to 20 years in the waiting in my life that haven’t happened yet. For my mom some prayers or visions for her life are 30 or more years in the waiting. So for me, it feels both comforting to hear that Abraham also got discouraged and frustrating to hear that he waited 75 years. Right?
But God is faithful – even if it seems like He is really really slow.
The Bible says “Do not be afraid, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward” Genesis 15:1 WEB
Even though it was 75 years, and Abraham had no son. And he felt like he was too old, and that his life had no purpose, the author says it perfectly:
“God reminded Abraham that He cared for him, that He protected him, and that He would reward him!”
Secondly, God realizes Abraham is stuck in what He does not see, and so God shows him something new:
“Look now toward the sky, and count the stars, if you are able to count them…So will your offspring be” Genesis 15:5-6 WEB
Today be encouraged that God remembers every promise He has made to you…even if I don’t. Yes, we might be preoccupied with one over the others, but God will always fulfill His promises.
God, you know the ways I am discouraged and feel hopeless..show me my “stars” and remind me that Your ways are uncountable. Thank you that You will fulfill every promise You made, because You never forget. Amen.