‘But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. ‘ ~ Isaiah 43:1
Many things influence our perspective and understanding of God. Somehow more than the good things that happen in our life, its the bad negative things that seem to linger on with haunting questions seeking a satisfying answer. We look at the situation, the circumstantial cause and effects, at our own inadequacies and weakness and yet find it easier to blame God for the entire predicament. Disappointments, discouragements and failures seem to constrict our view of God. Regrets and missed opportunities push us to the brink of frustration and we wonder “Is God really there!”
It had been along time now since the promise was given. Abraham and Sarah were getting along in years. And they had not yet had a child. “The LORD has kept me from having children” she concluded. Frustrated and desperate to get on with life, she decided to take the matter in her own hands and devised a plan of her own making. Hagar, the Egyptian maidservant would be of help to build up the family.
How are things with you? Is there some difficulty or problem that seems to cut short the joy of knowing the LORD through the time of waiting? Has your life been reduced to a lifeless conveyor- belt kind of existence? Have crushing circumstances come down so heavily making you to just shut God out of your world? It may seem so, but God is still out there to watch over you and sustain you. God was faithful to fulfill the given promise. Isaac was born. The promised land was captured by the descendents of Abraham. All peoples of the earth have been blessed for the Saviour of the world was born from Abraham’s line.
Hold on and have faith in God. It will pay off someday.
Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the way you have created me with much thought and care and endowed me with so many blessings. Forgive me for being cynical and arrogant. Help me live a truly surrendered life to you in every way. Amen.”
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