One thing that we can know for sure - God will always do what He says He will do. He always keeps His promises. As I have been reading through Genesis, that truth that has been shown throughout the book. God made some amazing promises to Abraham for both himself and his descendants and some of those promises we see lived out in the pages of Genesis and other promises we have to read further on in the Bible to see fulfilled. So, if you are struggling to believe the promises that are also for us in the Bible, remember that just because we haven't seen it yet doesn't mean it will not happen. Think of Abraham and how he knew that he wouldn't have the opportunity to see the fulfillment of his descendants having the land that was promised to him, yet he still believed anyway. Today, I want to look at a few more promises that were fulfilled; please read Genesis 25:12-26.
There are two stories that we read in these verses with the first being about Ishmael's family. If you have been following along with me, you may remember that God promised that Ishmael would become a great nation. Genesis 17:20 says, "And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation." In Genesis 16:11-12, Hagar was also told that Ishmael would live in hostility toward his brothers. We see in these verses that Ishmael indeed became the father of twelve rulers and they all lived in hostility toward one another.
The other promise we see lived out in these verses is the account of Rebekah's pregnancy with Esau and Jacob. The first thing that I absolutely love seeing is the fact that Isaac prayed on behalf of Rebekah because she was unable to have children. This is an important point to remember - we can pray on behalf of others. We can seek God to step in our loved ones pain and help them. Rebekah became pregnant and struggled with her pregnancy because she was having twins and they were already struggling with each other. When she asked God what was happening to her, God told her that she was having twins, but they were not just twins they were two different nations! When they were born Rebekah saw that what God said was true. I'm sure this also meant that she could believe even more that they would each be nations and that the older would serve the younger.
We can believe God's promises for us as well! We can believe that Christ is the one who wipes away our sins. We can believe that we are adopted into God's family through Christ. We can believe that one day there will be no pain or sorrow for those who love God.
Do you take hope in God's promises for your future?
This post is linked with On Your Heart Tuesday and Soli Deo Gloria.