January 31

Written by Bill Grandi on January 31st, 2024

I did a review of Country Music star, Granger Smith’s book Like a River on my other site, Cycleguy’s Spin. It will post today. I’d like to ask you to visit that site and see what is so special about this book (especially since I am not a Country Music fan).  🙂

One of the recurring theme in Psalms is “God’s faithful love endures forever.” I just started reading Psalm 119 this morning as I journey through Psalms (it is the longest psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible) and the number of times it speaks of “God’s faithful love endures forever” in the previous 118 chapters would take a lot more meticulous work than I am able to give to it. But Psalm 136 take the prize. 26 verses = 26 times it says, “His faithful love endures forever.”

That may not seem significant to you at the moment, but I ask that you read the story of Abram and Sarai (later to become Abraham and Sarah) in Genesis 12-23. Pay particular attention to Sarah. She lived in a time when it was a disgrace not to have a child. Year after year she longed for and waited to have a child, especially when one had been promised. Shen she and Abraham are told they would have a son and that Abraham’s seed would be as numerous as the sand on the seashore. Oh the joy! Until days turn into months; months turn into years; years turn into decades; and decades turned into Sarah being 89 and Abraham 100. Still without a child. She had tried earlier to take matters into her own hands by giving her handmaid, Hagar, to Abraham. Ishmael was born but he was not the promised child and it didn’t bring Sarah the satisfaction she thought it would. In fact, it led to conflict so strong that Hagar and Ishmael had to leave. Much of the Middle East issues are a result of this child. Finally, at the age of 89 and Abraham at 100, the promised child was born. They named him Isaac.

My purpose in this devotion is not to get into a discussion of the Middle East conflict and how Sarah’s efforts have a direct bearing on them. No…my point is to talk about “God’s faithful love endures forever.” Even through Sarah’s conniving and wondering, God’s faithful love endured. He promised. He delivered.

The same God of Abraham and Sarah is the same God today.  His faithful love endures forever, even when we don’t see. Sarah didn’t but even in spite of her missteps, she clung to the promise of a son. She clung to the truth that God would keep His word. Those same words are for us today: God’s faithful love endures forever.  So don’t give up. Don’t quit. Don’t throw your hands up in despair. He is a God of His word.

 

6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    I can relate to Sarah… Not in the child bearing aspect, but in the not being patient in waiting for God and trying to take matters into my own hands.
    If I am patient, God always comes through. It may not be how I expected, but He comes through.

  2. Knowing that God’s ever faithful gives me such hope, Bill. We are driving home so this is a brief message from my phone. Blessings!

  3. gail says:

    We have to trust and have faith in not only God’s provisions but in His timing for those provisions. Often times waiting is not in anyone’s wheelhouse. We can see how when Sarah took matters into her own hands, and when Abraham went along with her, we still feel the weight of that decision today. We have so many examples of why taking matters into our own hands never works and yet we still fall into the same trap. We have no idea when we do not wait on God, how far reaching our decisions might go. Father, we are weak and impatient, please help us with our trust and faith in You, to wait on You and Your timing, and to leave it with You alone.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You are so right Gail. I don’t like to wait and tend to get into trouble when I rush things. And true fact: we have no clue how far-reaching our decision to rush or to wait can be.

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