Never Lose Sight of God’s Promises
This past Sunday we looked at Eve and the birth of Seth. Seth, after Cain’s killing of Abel, represented another male seed born to Adam and Eve. In the garden, God promised them a seed and one make seed was dead with Cain’s murder. However, Eve never gave up. Her mind was still on the promise of a male seed when Seth was born. In her waiting, grief and hope deferred, Eve never lost sight of the promise of God—and neither should we.
In my mind there are few sadder sights that a person who has lost sight of God’s promises and the hope they deliver. In difficult times, hope in those promises can be elusive, but I’ve found that those who place their faith in His promises need never lose it. After all, God is good; His love endures; He has promised His children the gift of eternal life; He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. And, God keeps all of His promises.
Psalm 145:13 reminds us of this fact, “The LORD always keeps His promises; He is gracious in all He does (NLT).” God’s promises are not like some of our promises. They are made in His name and under the blood of His Son. He keeps His promises because He is incapable of breaking them.
We also see how He works in 1 Kings 8:56, “There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.” God keeps His promises—He promised to deliver Israel from Egypt, lead them through the wilderness and guide them to the Promised Land. Here the people reemphasize what God did and the promises He kept. Like Eve, they held fast the hope of His promises even hundreds of years later.
The book of Joshua is a favorite of many people. We love its stories: Of Rahab, who chose to side with God against her own city, and whose faith saved her life. Of Jericho, and the puzzling command to march silently around the city, waiting for God to bring down the walls. But most of all, Joshua reminds us of God’s faithfulness and how He keeps His promises. As we read, we can see the spiritual victory of hope in God’s promises.
Too often our impatience hinders us from totally believing in His promises. He often doesn’t give us a time frame, He just asks that we obey and trust Him. When we do, we can set aside our anxiety. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” The apostle gives us a wonderful affirmation that will help us through the waiting time.
Eve kept her mind on the promise of a male seed. She never lost sight of God’s promises. She learned that God is not just a God who promises, but also a God who fulfills promises. He does it in His own time and in His own way, and we need to trust those promises He has made.
Do you have a hope or promise that has not been fulfilled? How does Eve’s testimony give you hope?