Dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Genesis 17:1-2, “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” Abraham was a righteous and blameless man. He loved the Lord. He was called the friend of God and was known as the ‘father of faith’.
The Lord had promised Abraham that He would make him a great nation. So, Abraham patiently waited for God to bless him with an inheritance. He was seventy five years of age when God had promised him. Years passed by. He reached the age of ninety nine. God suddenly descended to meet and speak to him. That was when God fulfilled His promise.
Abraham and Sarah were broken in heart as they did not have the gift of a child. Sarah had passed the age of conceiving a child. Abraham never murmured about it. But they were distressed as they did not have a child to carry on their generation. Both of them were too old to raise a child. Sarah’s womb was closed. There was no chance to deliver a child. When every hope was lost, God descended to meet Abraham. The reason was that God does not tempt anyone beyond their capacity.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear” Abraham waited for ninety nine years patiently. He had great faith that God who made a covenant will keep his covenant. God honours those who wait on Him patiently. According to His promise, God blessed Abraham with a child and he held the child in his arms at the age of 100. He called the child Isaac, as God had told him. As Abraham was blameless before God and was righteous in all his ways, the Lord blessed Abraham in an exceedingly. Isaac was the chosen inheritance of Abraham. God fulfilled the covenant that He made with Abraham and changed their sorrow into joy.
Are there long waited promises to be fulfilled in your life? You might have waited for many years and would have lost hope now. My dearly beloved, I encourage you to stand firm in faith. Faith can move mountains. There is nothing that the Lord cannot do. He has an appointed time for the fulfillment of every covenant. Just wait patiently like Abraham. The Lord will do mighty miracles in your life.
God bless you.
Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. You know the promises that You have made to Your dear children. I pray that You may fulfil the covenant that You have made with Your dear children in due time. You are their only hope. Father, may Your children be glad all the days of their lives. In Jesus name we pray,