WAITING FOR THE FULFILLMENT OF WHAT THE LORD HAS SPOKEN
God spoke to Abraham and promised him some very profound things – and He has also done that to us – not the same things as He spoke and showed Abraham, but nonetheless, profound – very important.
- Genesis 12:1-2, – GOD SPOKE – “Now [in Haran] THE LORD SAID to Abram, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your relatives and your father’s house to the land which I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].”
- Genesis 13:14-15 – GOD SHOWED – SEEING – “The Lord said to Abram after Lot had left him, LIFT UP NOW YOUR EYES AND LOOK (SEE) from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward;for all the land which YOU SEE I will give to you and to your posterity forever.”
- Genesis 15:5 – GOD SHOWED (SEEING) – “And He (The Lord) brought him (Abram) outside and said, LOOK NOW (SEE) toward the heavens and count the stars – if you are able to number them. Then He said to him, So shall your descendants be.”
- Genesis 17:1-2 – GOD SPOKE – “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and SAID, I am the Almighty God; walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete). And I will make My covenant (solemn pledge) between Me and you and will multiply you exceedingly.”
God spoke to Abraham twice and showed him something twice.
NOTE THIS – Genesis 41:32 – when Pharaoh had two similar dreams – Joseph said to him, “That the dream was sent twice to Pharaoh and in two forms indicates that this which God will very soon bring to pass is fully prepared and established by God.”
It seemed like a long time for the fulfillment of that which God showed and promised Abraham. He had to wait – and we also have to wait for God’s fulfillments.
Let us take note in the Scriptures about how Abraham handled the long waiting for the fulfillment of that which God had promised him and Sarah.
Romans 4:16 and 18 and 20-21 “Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given an act of unmerited favor. For Abraham, human reason for hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations as he had been promised. No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promises of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.”
IN CONCLUSION – LET US GO TO HABAKKUK CHAPTER 2.
Verse 1 (emphasis in italics mine) – “I will stand on my rampart (place of watching or at attention) to SEE what He (The Lord) will say to me.”
It is more than just hearing – we are to be envisioned – SEE – while He speaks to us.
Without vision, things can go awry – become turned around or twisted or go around in circles and don’t get anywhere, make no progress; or become perverse – turned aside from the right way.
Proverbs 29:18a, American Standard Version: “Where there is no vision (the seeing of God’s purposes), the people cast of restraint hinder moving forward).”
Proverbs 29:18, Berkeley and Modern Language Translations: “Where there is no vision, the people run wild (a wandering of their will; becoming bewildered, losing sense of direction).”
Verse 3 – “For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not behindhand on its appointed day.”
The reason the vision tarries is so that our trust in The Lord will be fully developed during the times of waiting.
Here’s the definition on trusting The Lord He gave me through The Holy Spirit – To trust the Lord or to have trust in the Lord, is to be very closely connected to Him in intimate closeness, so as to have a firm faith in Him. It is to confidently look to Him, and be assured that with His authority and reliability, He will accomplish His plan in and for and through us. And we are not to be fearful of the outcome, or question how He’s going to do it, or where, or when.
NOTE THIS WHEN CONSIDERING THE PROFOUND THINGS GOD HAS SPOKEN HE WILL DO ON, IN AND THROUGH US.
Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.”
Isaiah 55:11, “So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
FINALLY THEN I ADD THIS: So let us be patient and walk out Psalm 27:14, Amplified Bible (emphasis in italics mine): “Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring (so you don’t let go or lose hold of what God has spoken and/or shown you and promised on, in and through you). Yes, wait for and hope and expect the Lord.”
BELOVED! WAIT, HOPE AND EXPECT THE LORD,
THEN GET READY FOR HIS FULFILLMENT!