“And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Romans 4:19-21
When God told Abraham that he would be the father of many nations and Sarah the mother of many nations they laughed because it seemed very unlikely in the natural. After Sarah laughed the question was asked in Genesis 18:14 “Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
At the appointed time God kept His promise to Abraham and in Genesis 21:1 it states “And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.” Notice something significant in verse 2 “For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.” It happened at God’s set time.
Abraham and Sarah continued doing what they needed to do as they waited on the Lord for the promise. They had their initial bout of laughter but both of them realized that God was not joking so they quickly got in line. We see no where they continued fussing or questioning God as to whether or not He would do what He promised. They knew that once God said it was so, it was so.
Sometimes when God gives a promise or speaks a word, some people park up under that ‘promise tree’ waiting and murmuring; and before you know it they begin to stagger, forgetting that their lives need to continue and their work for God need to continue until that appointed time that the promise would manifest. In Genesis 20:17 it states “So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.” I am pretty sure that when Abraham was praying for the house of Abimelech and asking God to remove the bareness from them he also remembered the promise that God gave him and Sarah, but that did not stop him. In the next chapter is when we see God causing Sarah to conceive.
Look at the strategy of the enemy in the case of God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah. Just before the appointed time, Sarah was given to Abimelech to be his wife but God intervened and gave Sarah back to Abraham or the story would have been very much different. Sometimes the same thing happens before God’s appointed time for us; the enemy tries to intercept the promise but once we are faithful to God He knows how to reverse the plans of the enemy and give us victory.
Sometimes God places us in situations where we need to pray earnestly and believe God with others for the very thing that God has promised us and be able to rejoice with them when God comes through for them. Some Christians find this very hard to do but it paves the way to our blessings.
God is calling all the PROMISE WAIT-ERS to SOBER UP. Stop sipping from that cup of unbelief or you will begin to stagger. You take a sip today and you hear “Maybe I misunderstood what God said to me” and your knees stagger, take another sip and you hear “Well it look like God coming through for everyone else except me” your other knee stagger, then you drink half the glass and your whole head begin to spin and you hear yourself saying “I should have known that those great things were not going to happen for me!”
If you have been drinking that cup of unbelief don’t just put it down because you may be tempted to take it back up. Destroy it using your faith, using the Word of God. Decree and declare the Word and if you have to pray “Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief!
Some of you are at the brink of your appointed time. You are at the brink of the time that God told you He would bless you. Don’t mess it up now, don’t begin to stagger! What has God promised you? Until the appointed time, build your faith, and give God glory. Be like Abraham, become fully persuaded that because God cannot lie, one you believe Him, His promises to you are sure.
BE SOBER, BE SOBER, BE SOBER FOR GOD IS ABOUT TO GIVE YOU THE PROMISE!