Series: Promise Maker, Promise Keeper (week 2 of 4)
Message in a Sentence: Sometimes God’s promise can take a long time to be fulfilled, but he is faithful and will do what He promises.
Main Scripture: Genesis 22, Hebrews 11:17-19
This week as we continued to look at the fact that God is a promise maker and promise keeper, I thought it would be good to look at an Old Testament example of God being faithful to his promise.
We looked at the story of Abraham and when God called him in Genesis 12. We then traced the story through chapters 13, 15, 16 and 17 till the promise is fulfilled in Genesis 21. This process took 25 years! I think this is interesting because I think a lot of times we want God to move immediately, but He’s got his own time table and I believe his timing is perfect.
I wanted our students to know that just because God’s promise has not been fulfilled yet, doesn’t mean he won’t keep it.
Then we turned to chapter 22, where God asks Abraham to sacrifice Issac as a sign of his faith in God. I could have simply read this part of the passage, but I found a video that perfectly sets up all the emotion and feelings that sometimes we miss.
Hebrews 11 gives some insight into Abraham’s faith. I, even as a pastor, have trouble understanding that level of trust in God, but that’s the faith that He has called us. And that’s why I think this series is so important to our students. To show them how God keeps his promise and because he keeps his promises We Can Trust Him.
We finally landed in Romans 4 where it says 2 important things:
1) The promise is received by faith (v.16)
2) Abraham was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises. (v.21)