ESOCS Devotional 12 August 2022
TEXT: HEBREWS 6:13-20
MEMORY VERSE: “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself” Hebrews 6:13 KJV
0 And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing. 12 When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted lace ”
Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath. Have you ever made a promise to someone that your assurance and confidence to fulfilling it was based on someone else who is more influential? God’s promises are immutable (unchanging). He honours His word more than His name. His promises are sure.
The text shows that God made a promise to Abraham, swore by His name, and also confirmed it with an oath. What commitment to a mortal man!
Patience is required to see God’s promises fulfilled in our lives. His promise is like a seed, which when planted requires time and season to mature. Notice that our text in verse 15 states that Abraham endured patiently until he finally obtained the promise. Sometimes, situations or moments of waiting may be so long and wearisome that we questions God’s presence in a man’s life. The immutability of God’s word is applicable to all areas of our life and ministry. When He says He will deliver, He sure will. When He says bless, He does much more, and even the coming of the Lord Jesus is not exceptional in this matter (Isa. 43:2-5).
There is no justifiable reason as to why Christians should fail in the times of trials and temptation when they have God’s word and His name as strong consolation and anchor of the soul (vs 18 and 19).
Believers should always remember that suffering is part of the Christian lifestyle. Therefore, rather than run away or reject it, we should seek for the grace to endure the trials in order to be built in faith, character and take part in the joy that is set before us after the seasons of trials. In Hebrews 12:2, the word of God says that for the joy set before our Lord Jesus Christ, He endured the cross, despising the shame and is crowned the king of glory (paraphrased).
This should be the attitude of every Christian. Tears and lamentations do not move God to fulfil His promise to us; but His name and His word exercised through our faith. Smith Wiggle’s Worth said, “Faith is a stimulation of the life of the Master.” Trust God’s word and confess it positively. Don’t give up in that matter yet; God will definitely show up someday.
- What is your usual attitude when you experience severe trial and temptation?
- O Lord, give me the spirit of endurance to remain strong and faithful in difficult times.
FURTHER READING: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8; 2 Peter 3:9-18
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ESOCS Devotional 12 August 2022