KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Chapters: Genesis 16-18
Message: Visions From God
Hello My Friend,
Everyone has visions in life, many pass away, while a few actually remain with us forever. When God gives us a vision there is an excitement like no other, it is as if you know you cannot go wrong. So, what happens when you get a vision from God, and years go by with no sign of it happening? You make one of two choices, either get tired of waiting, and try to make it happen yourself, or continue waiting, and eventually it will happen. Well, one of the biggest challenges of a Christian is waiting for God, when God reveals a vision to us we want to see it happen quickly, but every vision that God gives happens in His time, and if we are willing to wait it out, we will see so much more that what we envision. “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” – James 1:3-7.
At the age of seventy-five, God promised Abraham that He would make him a father of so many that it would be like trying to count the stars in the sky. Now, here he is, twelve years later, and no son, while he had the utmost faith in God, he could not help wonder where the promise of a son would come. Seeing his distraught, his wife Sarah, who was well pass child bearing age, came up with a plan so that Abraham could have a son.
“Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee. But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.” – Genesis 16:1-6.
“My wrong be upon thee:” Did you ever make a decision only to discover that it was the worst decision that you ever made? You see, God was judging her, He did not need her to help Him along, He knew what He was doing and why He was making them wait for just the right time. This is how we hinder God, there are some things that we are destined to receive from God, but we prolong Him by trying to help Him out. We need to stop trying to help God out, the only thing He wants is our faith, trust, and patience, those three things will keep us from hindering God. By the way, that child that Hagar had became what we know as Muslims, quite often when we go against God, not only do we suffer, but everyone else does as well. However, when God does promise something, even our foolish decisions do not stop Him, He just makes us wait a little longer. God waited until Abraham was ninety-nine until He came to Abraham, and reminding him that he would have a son with Sarah.
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” – Genesis 17:1-7.
“for a father of many nations have I made thee.” God makes things happen, it may take days, weeks, months, or like Abraham, twenty-five years for Him to fulfill the promises He makes to us, but He never goes back on His promises. Quite often, the reason God makes us wait so long is that we get in the way of His plan or try to rush Him along. Every time we walk out of His will to help Him along, He takes a step back and makes it look absolutely impossible. Why do you think God waits until it looks impossible? To show that with man some things are impossible, but with God all things are possible. God reminds Abraham of this very thing.
“And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.” – Genesis 18:10-15.
“Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” Sometimes we forget how big God is, what is absolutely impossible for us is always possible for God. We do not need to figure out why or how He does the things He does, and we do not have to lose sight of those visions, when He gives them to us, He will direct us and get us there no matter how many detours we take along the way. You see, He has all the patience in the world, He just waits for ours. “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” – Hebrews 10:35-37.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.” – Genesis 17:13-14.
Today’s Prayer: God, Thank You for visions, they are the hope of every one of Your children, for truly we perish without them. Part of seeing those visions come to pass is our faith, trust, and patience with You. You know exactly when we are ready to receive the things we see, and as long as we let You do Your work we will see them much faster. Lord, lead me and guide me, give me the patience to wait for You, the wisdom to keep from making those foolish decisions that hinder You, and the discernment to know whether or not any decision I make is something that You approve of. I ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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