God’s promises and appointed seasons

Sarah & Hagar

Genesis 15:3-6 ”Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!” And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.”  Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness” (NKJV).

God promised Abram that his heir would come from his body and Abram believed God’s promise.  There are seasons in our lives where God has promised us something but it is not coming to pass when we want it to.  We must remember that God does not operate on our schedule but in the Appointed Season.  Had the promise been given to you on your time you would not have been strong enough to bare the weight of it and may have done yourself harm. Genesis 16:1-5, this is a great example of how too often we try to make the promise of God come to pass on our own terms or we say to ourselves “maybe God meant for it to happen this way or that way.”  Sarai longed to have a child and she knew the promise of God, but it was not happening on her terms so she took matters into her own hands, Sarai had a CRAAAAZZY idea!!!  She suggested that her husband have sex with another woman, the maid.  SERIOUSLY???  Never ever ever try to make God’s promise work on your schedule.  That had to be a thought straight from the enemy to destroy the promise that God had given his servant and friend, Abram.  Sarai later resented the result of her actions and even blamed Abram.  In the toughest season of our lives, we must have the confidence and faith in God  to know that the PROMISE will come to pass at the appointed season, God’s Appointed Season.  One of the toughest things to do is wait on God’s Appointed Season in our lives but we must not try to force God’s hand as Sarai did, which created a THORN in her side and her offspring.

The great thing about God is that if we try to act on our own schedule and not in His time, He is still FAITHFUL and TRUE to bring His promise to fruition in our lives. The God we serve is BIG ENOUGH and GREAT ENOUGH to pick us up and set us back on the right path if we get off course.  Even though Sarai took matters into her own hands God still allowed her to birth a child in her old age.  If you have gone on your schedule or have gotten out of God’s alignment, confess your fault to God, repent, and allow Him to get you back on course to receive your promise.  Genesis 18:14 “Is anything to hard for the LORD?  At the time appointed I will return to you” (NKJV).   Wow, nothing is too hard for the LORD to do.  Even if we slip or fail it is not too hard for God to put us back where we need to be.  We must believe what God has promised us and even if it tarries we must press forward expecting it to come.  May God give you the STRENGTH to wait on His Appointed Time in your life.

God bless,

Marcus

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