God told Abraham to leave all that he knew and to move somewhere new. God promised to bless Abraham – and to bless all the families of the earth through him.
After some time, Abraham heard the promise again. In fact, as you read through the Bible, you’ll discover that God keeps repeating the promise over and over and over.
It’s probably not that God is forgetful, right?
The most likely reason for all the repetition is that as the years went by and Abraham and Sarah didn’t see any evidence of God’s promise coming true, they started to wonder and doubt and forget.
If you want to read about this for yourself, you can see God’s promise stated in Genesis 12:1-3, then repeated in Genesis 12:7, 13:14-17, 15:4-20, 17:1-22, and 22:16-18.
We can remember, but often we don’t. We often forget God’s promises, God’s goodness, God’s trustworthiness.
What are some things God has promised that you haven’t seen evidence for in your life (at least so far)?
God, thank you that we can trust you. Help us to remember all you have done in the past so we can praise you in the present and trust you in the future. Thank you. Amen.
Psalm 18:30b (NRSV)
The promise of the Lord proves true.