THE CERTAINTY OF GOD'S PROMISES


       "For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise." (Hebrews 6:13-15).

Devotion 6 of  16


THE BLESSING THAT IS SURE

The blessing of this passage is a sweet elixir for life! If you will drink from this well, you will find satisfaction of soul, joy of heart, and strength of spirit. Hear the word of the Lord again: "I will SURELY bless you and multiply you" (Heb 6:14). Do not suppose that this has nothing to do with you. It is "the blessing of Abraham" that comes upon "the Gentiles through Jesus Christ" (Gal 3:14).

Is there really a need for God to say, "Surely!"  The carnal mind will reason that this is not necessary! God CANNOT lie, so why should He affirm that He will "SURELY" do anything? Is it not enough for Him to simply make the statement? Why does He ad "surely" to the promise?

It is not God that has the need, but those that are clinging to His Word! He speaks thus with us because He knows our frailties and proneness to doubt. He knows of the contrary "law" that is within us, pulling us toward evil when He draws us toward the blessing (Rom 7:21,23). His confirmed promise is not given because of moral weakness on His part, but because of the "feeling of our infirmities" (Heb 4:15), as we fight to believe in an alienated and distracting world.

When your heart is tempted to doubt, flee to the oath of God! "I will SURELY bless you!" He is intent upon bringing you to glory determined to bring you into your "desired haven" (Psa 107:30). You may look upon salvation as something obligatory, or you may view it as something God fervently desires for you. I can tell you that the latter has more motivating power than the former. God does NOT say, "As I live, saith the Lord, I will destroy you if you do not come to Me!" Now, rest assured, that is what will happen if you do not flee to Him for refuge, to lay hold on the hope set before you (Heb 6:18). Were it not for Jesus, He would no doubt speak like that to us. But Jesus has satisfied Him, having "poured out His soul unto death," becoming "sin for us," and being "made a curse for us" (Isa 53:12; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:13).  In was in the prospect of His Son's accomplishments that God spoke so confidently. It had nothing to do with your achievement! 

Now God appeals to us differently than He did at Sinai. He has always wanted to bless humanity, but now a way has been made sure for Him to do so. A highway has been raised up in the desert because of the vicarious death of Christ, and men may get on that highway and go happily to the world to come (Isa 35:8). When faith cries out, "Lord I believe, help Thou mine unbelief" (Mark 9:24), God answers, "I will SURELY bless you!"

How many times Abraham must have recalled these wonderful words! The recollection of them was required during the twenty-five years he waited for Isaac, the "child of promise" (Gal 4:28). When Abraham took Isaac upon Mount Moriah, to offer him to God in fulfillment of the Divine commandment (Gen 22:1-10), the promise must have loomed large. Circumstances seemed to contradict the promise of God.  Still, Abraham was "strong in faith, giving glory to God" (Rom 4:20). God had said He would "surely" bless him, and Abraham hung on to that promise! The firmness of the promise was conducive to strong faith.

Child of God, it is no different for you! The promise will sustain you also if you will cling to it, knowing that God will "surely" bless you in Christ Jesus.

PRAYER POINT: Father, in the name of Jesus, grant me grace to be more convinced of Your promise than of my ability.

-- Tomorrow: COMING WITH CONFIDENCE --