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The Promise

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The Promise
Words of Faith 3-8-2022
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2022
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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Genesis 12
[6] Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. [7] The Lord appeared to Abram and said, "To your offspring I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
    [8] From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. [9] Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.

           What a promise! God was going to make Abram into a great nation! He was going to bless all the peoples of the earth through this family. When Abram arrived in Canaan, the Lord appeared to him again. He confirmed the promise that this land would belong to Abram's descendants. Of course, Abram built an altar there to worship the Lord God. What a wonderful confirmation!
          But then, the waiting began. After God confirmed His promise, Abram lived in the land, waiting for the promise. The Promised Land would eventually be given to his descendants, but not to him. In fact, when Abram died, his only real estate was a cave he had bought for his family's burials (23:17-20).
         Meanwhile, the Canaanites, the ungodly descendants of Ham, had all the good, fertile land! The Canaanites were rebellious and idolatrous descendants of the son who had disrespected his father, Noah.
        Abram had to journey by stages to get to the promise first toward the great and terrible Negev, a barren desert south of Canaan. He would then have to spend time in Egypt. And as each year went by, there were no children. Years of waiting were ahead. Generations would go by before the promise would be fulfilled. This is a walk of faith-- trusting not in what we can see, but in the One who has called us!
           Sometimes, the walk of faith takes time. In fact, most of the time it does. God's timing and judgments are perfect even if we grow impatient. It is in obedience that we must persevere.
          The Apostle Paul exclaimed in praise: Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)
          Are you in a time of waiting? He hears you. He is listening. His timing is perfect.

        O Lord, how deep are the riches of Your knowledge and wisdom! Your planning and time are beyond my comprehension. I can never be Your counselor. Please be mine. May all that I do and say glorify You. In Jesus' name.
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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2022
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)        
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