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When God Makes a Promise

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 25-26
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For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. – 2 Corinthians 1:20

When God’s Word promises something, and we claim it in prayer, but nothing happens, what are we supposed to believe?

I talked to a pastor who was struggling with this issue. He was preparing a sermon on Proverbs 22:6, which says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” The pastor’s struggle was that he’d seen too many children turn away from the Lord, even though they had godly parents and a solid Christian upbringing.

I assured him that I believed the promise in Proverbs 22:6 was true, but that many issues were involved. One is the God-given free will of our children. Another is that we need to keep praying for our children and grandchildren, because all the evidence isn’t in yet.

In today’s passage, we find Isaac, the heir to all of God’s promises, facing a similar issue. The land of Canaan was being plagued by a severe famine that forced Isaac to live in the land of the Philistines. What good is a Promised Land if you can’t live in it?

But God is faithful. And while Isaac was in the land of Gerar, God came to him to buck up his flagging spirits. God said in Genesis 26:3, “I will be with you and will bless you.”

A great fact emerges here that stays with us throughout the rest of the Bible: Just because a person is walking by faith and claiming the promises of God doesn’t mean his life will be easy and free of difficulty. But through it all is the guiding, protecting hand of God. And, in it all, we can find the unfailing promises of God.


Lord, give me a grateful heart for Your promises that I have not yet seen fulfilled. Amen.

To Ponder

When it comes to God’s promises, His delays are not His denials.

(The Navigators)