This week in Hebrews, we are look at the faith of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.
All four of these men believed in the same thing.
They all had faith in the same promise.
God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations through his son, Isaac.
Abraham had to believe that promise when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac.
He had faith that God was God and would keep His promises, even when it didn’t make sense.
Isaac blessed his children out of faith that God would keep the promise He made to Abraham and make his children prosper.
Jacob blessed Joseph’s children out of that promise, too. Looking back, He saw all that God had done in his life, and had faith that He would work in their lives, too.
And Joseph looked forward and trusted that God would fulfill His promise to Abraham to settle his children in the promised land, even as they made their home in Egypt. He had so much faith that he gave them instructions on what to do when that day finally came.
They believed in a multi-generational promise.
God seems to like those.
In Jeremiah 29:11, God said, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (ESV).
My pastor calls that a coffee cup verse.
We put it up everywhere and love to cling to that promise.
But that was a multi-generational promise, too.
In verse 10, God said, “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place.”
God would prosper them in seventy years!
Are you that patient?
Many of the people who were going into exile, wouldn’t live to see the return to the promised land.
Here’s a multi-generational promise that God made to us:
“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”
For the time is near.
Jesus is coming back.
He is coming to claim His people and rescue us from this life.
And He is coming soon.
That soon could be tomorrow, or it could be in another 1,000 years, but He is coming.
And we know that God keeps His promises.
Our duty is to trust He will fulfill His promises, and pass those promises on to our children, instilling multi-generational faith.
In the comments…
Are you patiently waiting for God to fulfil His promises, or are you impatient (like me)?
Share it in the comments below.