We owned an old van that had 189,000 miles on it. It was running a bit rough, but we were going to take it to the repair shop to see if we could squeeze out another year and maybe make it to 200,000. But I was also getting concerned because that old van was our only working vehicle. We are not in a financial situation where a loan for a vehicle was going to work for us, so I began praying about it. A few weeks ago, I really felt God speak to my heart that He would provide for us and to just wait and see what He would do. A few days later, we found out that my in-laws were going to sell us their car which had about 100,000 fewer miles on it and running much better than the van. We were still planning on running the van into the ground and take advantage of having two vehicles; however, after taking the newer car home and having it for two days my husband got in a car accident with our van. Someone pulled out in front of him and he had very little opportunity to break. No one was hurt! Needless to say, because of the age of the van and the condition it was in after the accident, the insurance decided it was totaled. What could have been devastating made us see God's blessings all the more because we saw how He provided in advance for us. We have been given a check from the insurance to replace the van, so we will be able to still have a van for our family of five! God promised us His provision, and He provided more than expected and in a way we definitely didn't expect. Today, we will see how God kept His word and provided for Sarah; please read Genesis 21:1-6.
I love how verse one says (in NLT), "The Lord kept His word..." Isn't that a beautiful statement? But the statement gets even better, "...and did for Sarah exactly what He had promised." There are a few things in there that are wonderful and amazing! First, we are told that God did exactly what He had promised. That is a wonderful statement and we can know that is how God always works - He always does exactly what He promises. When God tells us something, we know it will happen. The other thing that caught my eye was that it says, "...and did for Sarah..." Isn't that interesting? God had promised Abraham a great nation and kings as his descendants; however, He promised Sarah a son. And in that moment, God's promise for Sarah to have a son had been fulfilled.
We don't have to know all the details, and often we will not know all the details but we can trust that God will always do what He says. Psalm 145:13 says, "For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The Lord always keeps His promises; He is gracious in all He does." Isn't that wonderful? The Lord always keeps His promises! Big and small all His promises will be fulfilled. God is so good!
Do you believe in God's promises for your life?
This post is linked with Monday Musings and Sharing His Beauty.