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ABOUT GOD AND ABOUT US
(13 February 2015)

In preparation for our Tuesday Bible Study meeting at church I had to read the story of Abram and Sarai, later called Abraham and Sarah.

I'm very familiar with the story, but this morning as I studied it during my quiet time, I realised it tells us something about God, and it tells us something about humans. (Isn't it amazing how the Lord always shows one something new even when reading something very familiar?) 

From the story we learn that God is a Covenant Maker and a Covenant Keeper. 

He is also a Promise Maker and a Promise Keeper.

Go through your Bible and try to find one promise the Lord made but didn't keep.

You won't find it.

When God makes a promise, He intends to keep it.

He is faithful and trustworthy.

Unfortunately we humans often behave in the same way Abram and Sarai did. 

The Lord told Abram he would have an heir, one from his own body.

But instead of waiting on the Lord to fulfill His promise, Sarai got the bright idea to give her maid to Abram as wife so she could bear children for them. It sounds like a reasonable idea, for the child would be Abram's even though he wasn't Sarai's.

This idea, however, backfired completely. (Read Genesis 15 and 16 for the whole story.)

We do this too.

We don't allow the Lord to bring His promises to pass, but we try to make it happen ourselves.

Is it because we don't know Him well enough to know He is faithful and trustworthy?

Is it because we don't really trust Him to do what He said He would do?

Or is it because we want what we want right now, and we will not rest until we have it even if it means going against the Word of the Lord in order to get what we want?

From the beginning of the Bible we read how people tried to take care of themselves apart from God.

Could it then maybe be a pride thing?

Do we trust in ourselves and our own abilities so much we think we don't need God?

I think we should take what we've learnt about the Lord to heart.

We should remember He is very serious when He makes a promise, and He is faithful to keep His promises.

But we should also take what we've learned about ourselves to heart.

When we find ourselves trusting in ourselves more than in the Lord, we need to humble ourselves under His mighty hand and turn back to Him and trust Him.

When we realise we are trying to make His promises come to pass in our lives in our own way, we need to stop and acknowledge to Him what we have been doing, and we should rest in the fact that He will do what He said He will do - without our help!

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil" (Proverbs 3:5-7).

Let us take these verses to heart and be doers of the Word.