“And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him” (Genesis 21:1–2).
Abraham experienced the fulfillment of God’s promises exactly as what God said, namely to have children. Have you ever received God’s promises but haven’t experienced them? Do you want to experience them? What is the key?
There are at least two elements that must be considered if you want to experience the fulfillment of God’s promise, to make it easier to remember, we just call it 2P, namely:
The first P is: Process
It always takes a process to experience the fulfillment of promises. Regarding how long the process takes, each person may be different. In the case of Abraham, he went through a process of 25 years. He received a promise at 75 years of age and experienced its fulfillment at 100 years of age.
Many people want instant, today receive the promise, tomorrow will experience the fulfillment. I’m sure is not like that. It took Abraham 25 years, Joseph 13 years, David also 13 years. So it always takes a process to experience the fulfillment of promises. Because the biggest obstacle for you to experience the fulfillment of a promise is the unpreparedness factor. If you are ready, then there will be no excuse for God to delay His time. It is during this process that God prepares you. It must be understood that God is a God who is more concerned with the process than the results.
The second P is: Believe
When we talk about fulfilling promises, the first and foremost element for us to have is believing, not hard work. As long as you have not believed His promises unanimously, God cannot fulfill His promises, no matter how hard you try. That’s why during the process, the thing that God will teach and instill in you the most is believing.
Believing is one of the most difficult lessons for a believer to understand. During the 25-year process that Abraham went through to experience the fulfillment of promises, God was only busy teaching this one subject, namely believing. He endeavored in various ways to teach and instill belief in Abraham of His promises. He told Abraham to count the stars in the sky, so that Abraham could imagine that his descendants are many like the stars in the sky. So that God’s promises would be imprinted in Abraham’s mind. Then God also told Abraham and Sarah to change their names so that they would continue to say His promise, so that the promise would be imprinted in their subconscious.
The results of Abraham’s 25-year study of Faith are recorded in Romans 4:18–21,
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
That is what earned Abraham the nickname: father of all them that believe. Learning outcomes for 25 years.
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