Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Joseph has a dream that he would have a position of authority. His dream is followed by 13 years of slavery and prison, in which he rises to the positions of authority. Each place has parts of his dream, but he never realized it until the day he is brought before Pharaoh.
David had an extraordinary experience when the chief religious leader of his time declared him king of Israel after each of his brothers was overlooked for the position. He had some immediate success with Goliath and advancement in Saul’s army, but it is 15 years before that word comes to pass.
Abraham gets a word from God, a promise that he would be made a great nation. He believes the word but has to wait 25 years before he even gets one son.
What we are assured of is, if God says it, it will be done. However, In order for your success to become your reality, there must be belief. The Lord appeared to Abraham in a vision and told Abraham that He was his shield and his exceeding great reward. Those words came against the background of Abraham’s triumph against the four Kings and refusing to accept any reward from the King of Sodom. Given that God said he was his exceeding great reward, Abraham questioned God about the fact he did not have a son; that is the reward he wanted. And in questioning God, he asked the question if one of his servants son would end up being the heir. It was then that God promised him that his heir would be from his own loins and that his seed would be like the number of the stars, if he could count them. Looking into Bible history, we know that Abraham received what was promised, but what is important to note is that the promise came by faith. Abraham received the promise because he chose to believe. To receive your promise, it is important that you too believe. Based on Hebrews 11, we know that your faith should manifest itself in two ways; counting Him faithful that promised; and, following his instructions even when your circumstances dictates otherwise.
Life Application: Hold God to His word and follow His instruction even when your situation would suggest doing the opposite.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, sometimes the wait is unbearable but help me to believe your word and not my circumstances. Help me to see through the eyes of faith and hold to your promises. In Jesus name, amen.