“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven”– Ecc 3:1 (NIV)
There are many instances we find in the scriptures where God came and told a person, “I will come!” It was quite difficult to comprehend then and the waiting took a bit of time, but the Lord came through.
We find so in Gen 18:10, how the Lord spoke to Abraham, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” And surely at the right time the Lord came through. The prophet Isaiah did long before the birth of Christ prophecy, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (9:6-7). Well, it took a bit of time; but it surely came to pass.
There is here a remarkable fact about knowing God which none of us should ever lose sight of. As He once spoke through the prophet Balam, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19).
Of course, as human beings, with our usual fickleness, this is beyond our comprehension- as it is far from our daily reality. How often do we say things in passing, which others take seriously, only to let them down! How often have we likewise been let down by false promises! Mathew 5:37 says, “Let your word be “Yes, Yes’ or “No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.” Yet, how often are we found at fault here.
Thankfully, there is a world of difference between God and man! If He has promised; He will fulfill. The Lord’s Yes is truly Yes; and No, quite frankly, No! Listen to God. If He has said, “I will come”, just wait, for as with the prophets, the Lord is not in the business of falling back on His own word.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you word says, you are not a human that you should lie, and for this, I hold on to the promises over my life, such as in Jeremiah 29:11; for you will surely come through as you always do, this I pray in Jesus’s name!