Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Promises You Can Count On

When life is hard remember God's promises are a sure thing.

Genesis 16:7-12  The angel of the LORD found Hagar beside a spring of water in the wilderness, along the road to Shur. 8 The angel said to her, "Hagar, Sarai's servant, where have you come from, and where are you going?" "I'm running away from my mistress, Sarai," she replied.

9 The angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority." 10 Then he added, "I will give you more descendants than you can count."

11 And the angel also said, "You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael (which means 'God hears'), for the LORD has heard your cry of distress. 12 This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives."

Genesis 21:14-21  So Abraham got up early the next morning, prepared food and a container of water, and strapped them on Hagar's shoulders. Then he sent her away with their son, and she wandered aimlessly in the wilderness of Beersheba.

15 When the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush. 16 Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away. "I don't want to watch the boy die," she said, as she burst into tears.

17 But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, "Hagar, what's wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants."

19 Then God opened Hagar's eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink.

20 And God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness. He became a skillful archer, 21 and he settled in the wilderness of Paran. His mother arranged for him to marry a woman from the land of Egypt.

We have all been the victim of broken promises, people that didn't come through when we expected them to have caused all of us disappointment.

Sarah's servant was forced into a precarious situation when she was given to Abram so that he could have a child through her, a child that they were hoping would be a boy. Hagar was probably a good servant that was highly regarded, that is probably the reason that she was picked out of all of the servants that hey had to choose from. But soon after she became pregnant Hagar was being mistreated, all of a sudden her service to her master didn't matter and her future wasn't very bright as far as she could tell.

Hagar received a promise from God that she forgot about not too long after it as given. God told her that her son would not die but not too long after she is sent off into the wilderness she starts to prepare for the end.
God's promise was meant to give her hope but it doesn't work too well if you don't keep the promises in mind. We treat God's promises like that, we know that there is a book full of them but we neglect to keep them fresh in our head so that we can get through the tough times.

Hebrews 10:23  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Thank you Lord for your promises that have never been broken, help me to stay in your word everyday and keep them fresh in my mind.