Sometimes, while we wait on God to fulfill His promises we may wonder if we’re doing enough. Is waiting, praying, and trusting sufficient or are we missing something?
In the next two blog posts, we are going to explore a few things that may hinder the fulfillment of God’s personal promises to us.
Let’s begin by considering the patriarch Abraham:
The LORD said to [Abraham] . . . “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.” (Genesis 13:14-15)
Abraham must have reeled at the thought of himself, a nomad, a displaced alien, taking possession of the vast, wild land in which he lived. Questions probably assaulted him. How will God accomplish it? This land is heavily fortified, its people well established. Am I, a lone warrior, to conquer a nation? Nevertheless, Abraham believed God, but I imagine he wondered, What am I supposed to do?
Have you ever felt that way? God gives us a promise, but we have no idea how He will accomplish it. It seems too big, too hard, farfetched even, and we can’t imagine the role we are to play in the realization of it. So we pray, we trust God, “claim His promise,” and wait for Him to fulfill it. After all, there’s nothing more we can do–
–or is there?
The rest of God’s conversation with Abraham provides a clue:
“Go, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
Abraham believed God’s promise, but before he could experience the fulfillment of it, he had to act like it was true. God promised him the land, so Abraham packed his bags and family, and went down and lived there.
And through that act of obedience, he positioned himself to receive the promise.
Abraham “moved his tents and went to live . . . at Hebron.”
Sometimes I settle into my snug spot overlooking the valley of God’s promises. I sit and expect God to miraculously catapult them up to me, when in reality He’s calling me to go down and get them. Even as God instructed Abraham to walk the length and breadth of the land promised to him. Even as Abraham, in faith bought a plot of land there, pitched a tent, and made a home.
And through Abraham’s example I’ve discovered something I need to learn; faith steps out and appropriates God’s promise, it doesn’t hide behind it.
Biblical faith is never still. It doesn’t lie dormant while we wait on God. Nor does it idle in place or sit and wait for a miracle. No, faith moves, it grows, reaps and realizes.
Today, we too, can act on what we believe and move into position to receive it!
What promise is God calling you to act on today?
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