Friday, October 14, 2011

God's Goodness in His Promises

Genesis 21:1 Then the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised.

How a waiting couple were kept by God's goodness
Today we want to consider God's goodness as the reference point for focusing your Christian walk and mine.  In Genesis 21 we see God fulfilling a promise to the great Old Testament Patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah.  For 25 years they had been told that through them God would bring forth a physical descendant - for you see Sarah was unable to have children, and furthermore she and Abraham had become past child bearing age.  Over the course of Genesis 12-20 we see Abraham and Sarah triumph and at times stumble in their walk with God.  However they did not fall from grace, but were kept by the Goodness of God. 

God's goodness is seen in His promises
After 25 years and over 1,000 miles of journeying over the deserts and lush fields of the land of Canaan (which by the way would become the land of Israel), the promised child, Isaac, is born.  Galatians 4:28 tells us that Isaac is the son of promise - he embodies the very principle of God's goodness to His people in fulfilling His promises. 

God's promises are telescopes to seeing God's goodness
Over 8,000 promises exists in the Bible.  In 2 Corinthians 1:20 we read these words - "For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us." God's Promises function as telescopes, bringing into focus the fixed NorthStar that is the Goodness of God.  Just as Abraham and Sarah witnessed and experienced, so can you dear saint - that God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. 

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