Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Learn To Wait For God's Promise







Tuesday June 27

Bible Reading:     Gen. 21: 9 - 21
Topic:         Learn To Wait For God's Promise

Waiting for God to fulfill His promise is one of the hardest tasks the Christian can face in life.

Abraham failed the test when instead of waiting for God's promise that "Isaac shall your seed be called" (v. 12), Abraham listened to Sarah and had Ishmael. But Ishmael was not to be the covenant child. It was Isaac whom God had promised (v. 12; 21: 1,2)

The rebellion of Hagar  (Gen. 16: 5, 6) and her son Ishmael (Gen. 21: 9) led Abraham and Sarah with God's approval to cast Ishmael with his mother Hagar out of Abraham's household (v. 10)

A slave does not abide in the house forever but the son does (John 8: 35)

The bond woman and her son must be cast out. As painful and trying as it was for Abraham, the separation of Ishmael from Isaac led ultimately to God's manifestation of His covenant gift of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah/

The beautiful thing is that God did not fail to bless Ishmael too, although he was not the covenant child God promised Abraham (Gen. 17: 19 - 21)

Prayer
Help me O God to overcome the anxiety that easily besets me and makes me run ahead of Your plans and blessing for my life in Jesus Name, Amen.

Memory Verse             Gen. 21: 10
"Wherefore she (Sarah) said unto Abraham, cast out this bond woman and her son, for the son of this bond woman shall not be heir with my son, even Isaac."

Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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