I mentioned yesterday that Abraham and Sarah challenged God’s promise. The result was of their own making then, yet the whole world continues to deal with it today. They created Ishmael. That is what we do when we try to make God’s promise happen. We reap what we sow.
Galatians 6:7-8 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption…” What fleshly thing have you sowed that you are still reaping?
I also noted that God did not bring up their failure to wait. In Romans 4, God only spoke of Abraham’s faith. So it is with us. Romans 4:7-8 in the Amplified says, “Blessed…are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried. Blessed…is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him.” What amazing grace!
Verse 16 says of God’s promise, “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.” That’s us!
Every moment in our lives is a new, pristine canvas. There are no markings from our past on it. Nothing mars its perfection. This is where we often fail to block the ‘failure thought’ from satan’s fiery dart lies. Our past is passed. We cannot go back and change anything. We are called to go forward.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith…” This very moment is now faith. It is our uncharted present. Not to worry. The Lord has gone before us to prepare the way through. He is our Leader. Our path is tempered according to His wisdom of our faith’s strength.
All prepared paths in our trials: develop not destroy; encourage not defeat; strengthen not weaken; establish not uproot; expand and not shrink back. In Luke 9:61 they told Jesus that they would follow Him but (excuses). His reply fits us as well. Verse 62 says, “…No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” God’s work is right now in your present. Looking back only causes you to plow a crooked furrow. The past is behind you and cannot be changed, the future is ahead and cannot be reached, but the present is now.
Parenthesis are mine. Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require (seek with demand) of you but to do justly (fitting), to love mercy (goodness, kindness, faithfulness), and to walk humbly (to show humility) with your God?”
Here is something from my homework this morning. What is a servant’s heart? Luke 17:10 says that when the servant had done what was required of him, he was called unprofitable. I looked up some words in my 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary regarding this.
Merit means: to have the right to claim reward in money, regard, honor, or happiness. Here is a quote from South: A man at best is incapable of meriting anything from God. From this I realized that many broken expectations occur when we assume God will do something because we deserve it. It is a fiery dart thought that hits the ‘error’ button. Servants have no rights. Our walk before the Lord is because of His grace. He paid the penalty of our sins with His death. He canceled our debt and set us free to serve Him with gladness.