The writer of Hebrews talks about the promise God made with Abram when he was 75 years old (Genesis 12:1-5). It took around 24 years from when God first told Abram that He would make him into a great nation; until the fulfilment of this promise was made known to Abram (Genesis 17:1-16). It wasn’t until a year later (at 100 years old) through perseverance in the belief of Gods truth, that Sarai gave birth to his Son, Isaac (Genesis 21:1-5).
I feel, the scripture in Hebrews 6:15 (AMP) puts it so well. He “realised and obtained what God had promised”. Abraham realised from the birth of his son, that the other blessings implied in the promise, would be granted and from that point, (it may be said) Abraham received or “obtained” the promise.
Sometimes, it’s so hard to hold onto the promises God has made to us; when we can’t see anything occurring in our lives, but our faith and hope should still be in the things to come.
Abraham certainly never saw the fulfilment of that promise – that He would be a Father to many nations but he rejoiced anyway; as he realised after Isaac was born, God doesn’t lie. We shouldn’t forget Gods promises to us from the Bible. They should give us what we need to persevere, as Gods goodness never fails. God speaks truth and therefore, just like Abraham – we need to hold on. We need to try to enjoy the journey God takes us on because when we realise that God is for us and will never leave us, it brings a confidence that can not be denied. We live differently. We can rejoice.
So whether I get to see the promises God has given to me in my lifetime; or like Abraham, it takes 25 years – I will praise God; because when I realised who God is and when I accepted what He says, (although I still want to see God working in my life) I know that far more is coming and that’s what I hold onto.
Titus 1:2 “in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time”