The Power of Grace Ministries

October 19

God made a promise of blessings to Abraham and by our faith in Jesus Christ we have entered into that promise. We no longer have to strive to gain anything from God because He has already promised to give it to us by the same faith Abraham had – belief in that if God said it, He will do it. 

Hebrews 6:13-15
, 13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you." 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

For the most part many Christians read past this verse looking for meat to chew on and often miss the meatiest portion of all which is, “when God made a promise to Abraham.” To grasp the depth of this statement we have to ask why God promised anything to Abraham in the first place. After all, man had been in a fallen state from direct fellowship with God since Adam. So why would be compelled to promise a man anything in the first place. The reason is because God saw Abraham as righteous. Our first introduction to Abram in the bible is just after God scattered the people after they built the Tower of Babble. God called Abram to come out from his father’s household and his land and follow Him. God looks at our heart to see the true part of us. The sin actions that we see are outward expressions of a good heart deficiency. Abram must have been one of the few men on earth that even looked to God with a true heart. That is why we read in Genesis and Paul tells us in Romans that Abraham believed God and it was ACCOUNTED to him as righteous. 

Proverbs 23:7 tells us as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:34 and Luke 6:45 that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” In fact if we were to hold the actions of Abram, before God changed his name to Abraham, up against the Law of Moses which came centuries later, Abram would have been put to death. And yet God promised He would bless Abram and did bless Abraham. God changing Abram’s name to Abraham is a reading visual that shows us that it is God who changes us from our old man of sin to the new man of righteousness in heart in Christ when we become born again. 

Verse 14 is a clear example of the overabundance of love God shows those who trust him. For God to bless and multiply Abraham would have been enough. But look at the verse again. In the Hebrew language and culture of that day to speak the same thing over a person twice is an expression of extreme blessing or cursing depending on what is said. Our God is a God of abundance and He is always looking at the good we have done and for reasons to bless His children. (See the study on Hebrews 6:10- 12)

Verse 15 “And so after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” Just as it happened with Abraham and Sarah when the original promise of a child did not come in their timeline, we also create our own Ishmael in life because we are impatient at waiting for God’s promises to come. Man is always eager to receive a blessing especially from God, but if God were to simply shower us with blessings immediately we would begin to look for the blessing instead of look to God. God is a jealous God and His jealousy is righteous and is for our fellowship. The blessings will simply come because we are His children. I tell people that God is never early, nor is He ever late; He is always right on time. We are the one with a skewed time table, and I believe Christians in the U.S. are the worse because we are so time driven.  James 1:4 tells us to let patience have its perfect work. God I patient with our lives of sinful

stumbling. He waits for us to develop our relationship with Him and learn patience in our own lives. Remember that maturity in God is the ultimate blessing, not the promises of blessings themselves.