Beyond a Lifetime

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

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Key Bible Verse: “Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56)

Dig Deeper: Hebrews 11:8-19

Abraham [was willing] to wait for things even beyond his own lifetime. In addition to the birth of a son, God also promised Abraham innumerable descendants, possession of land, and that all the peoples of the earth would be blessed through him.

Abraham was seventy-five years old and childless when God said to him, “I will make of you a great nation … and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” He waited another quarter-century before the birth of the son God promised. Even as miraculous as the birth of that son was, by the time of Abraham’s death (after another seventy-five years!), how many of the promises that God made seemed to be coming true?

Abraham knew God. He trusted God. He, who died with two sons (but only one of whom he had seen during the past seventy-five years), was a friend of the great I AM who told him that nations would come from his countless descendants. He could look forward to the fulfillment of God’s promises – regardless of how many millennia would be required – because Abraham wasn’t sustained by promises that could happen well beyond his lifetime. Rather than being upheld by God’s promises it was God’s presence that gave Abraham the strength he needed.

– Daniel Ethan Harris in Wait


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