“Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.” (Genesis 17:4, ESV)
Behold, my covenant is with you. You’ve been faithful. You’ve endured years of trouble and difficulty. You’ve kept your eyes on God. You’ve believed His promises even long after their fulfillment reached their expiration date. And yet, you remain faithful despite every sane indication God has forgotten you.
And then, to everyone’s surprise, even yours, God shows up! And, He brings His reward with Him! Everything you’ve thought about, dreamed about, and hoped for, begins to unfold before your very eyes! That’s what Abraham experienced. And if God did it once, He can do it again … for you and I … today, in our time!
What did Abraham receive for His patient trust in the One who cannot be seen? God promised Abraham, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”(Genesis 17:4–8, ESV)
When God makes a covenant with us, He is bound by His character and reputation to fulfill it. For Abraham, it was a name and fame, a family and a progeny.
What will it be for you? What has God promised you? What has HE put your name on? What are you still holding on to? It was long ago. It was vivid then, just as its vivid now. HE spoke to you years, perhaps decades ago and you wait in faith.
Today, fall on your knees and cry out to the “God in whom [Abraham] believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” (Romans 4:17, ESV) God is going to show up and show off in your life. And when he does, it will be spectacular!
Faith Filled Fridays hope to boost your trust in God and accelerate your daring and courage in everyday life. Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Executive Director of Eagles In Leadership, writes each encouragement out of a heart that has known both great joy and great loss – his wife of 38 years, 5 months and 2 days was promoted to Heaven on November 11, 2017. Through every experience, God has proven Himself more than faithful and trustworthy. He welcomes your comments below.