Scriptural Gem for May 2012

In Galatians 3:16 we read: "...The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person and that person is Christ."(NIV). In this passage Paul makes a profound statement regarding the promises that God made to Abraham. They were made to Abraham and to Christ. In the history of Israel we see that the nation repeatedly interpreted the promises God made as being for themselves and their own purposes. Even when Christ - the fulfillment of all the promises - came to them, they were keen to know how He was going to free them from Roman rule or change their circumstances. Clearly, they had their own interpretation of God's promises.

How do you view God's promises? Are they primarily for your comfort or provision in this world? Consider Paul who writes about his life in 2 Corinthians 11:27: "...In toil and hardship, watching often through sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, frequently driven to fasting by want, in cold and exposure and lack of clothing." (AMP)

I often hear Christians state categorically that where God calls, there He also promises that He will provide everything needed for the work. Well, we know beyond a shadow of doubt that Paul was called by God to do His work, but in the passage above it is revealed that he was often driven to fasting by sheer want of something to eat. However, do we hear him complain? Do we hear him say:"God, this is not fair, you promised this, you promised that..." No, we don't. For Paul all the promises were fulfilled in Christ who came to reconcile us with the Father. For Paul that promise was enough - the promise of being with God again and his eyes were joyfully fixed on that!

Is that promise enough for you dear friend...?

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