God is a God who keeps his promises. If there’s anything you should take away from today, it is that truth!
Let me ask you: have you ever been in a situation that seems completely hopeless to you? Maybe outward circumstances made it seem like it would be impossible to trust that God could work anything out in your favor. Maybe it’s a loved one close to death, a marriage on the fritz, or a child who has turned and gone their own way.
A seemingly hopeless situation is what has been leading up to this passage today. God promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child and from that child many more offspring would come (Genesis 17:16). The odds were against her: she was around 90 years old (Genesis 17:17) and had been barren all her life (Genesis 11:30). How many people do you know that are 90 years old, let alone women who give birth at that age? Many times, God’s will defies human logic and limitations. The reason that the 90 year old, formerly barren Sarah was able to give birth was not a rare coincidence or scientific anomaly, it was an act of God on a promise that he had made.
Let me be clear: we cannot apply every promise made in scripture to ourselves. Unfortunately, not everyone who is barren will one day be able to have a child of their own; not every person who is on the verge of death will be healed. But Romans 8:28 is clear: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
There is one promise that we can hold as absolutely true: everything in our lives is made right through the cross of Jesus Christ. For some, this truth can be extremely hard to accept given circumstances in your life. But the fact is that because of the cross, God’s promise in Romans 8:28 is true! The ultimate good came when Jesus died on the cross for our sins, allowing us to be redeemed and brought back to God.
Questions to Apply:
- When dealing with hardship in your life, is your first response to remember the cross and have faith, or to be overwhelmed with the circumstance?
- How can you be intentional with remembering the promises of God so that you can grow in trust and reliance on Him?
By: Graham Withers