Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. Romans 4:18
Just because you don’t see it,
doesn’t mean God didn’t speak it.
The Lord visited Abraham and told him to sacrifice Isaac, and in the middle of Abraham’s obedience God stopped him. It turned out that God was only testing Abraham, he believed God over his own personal desires and logic. And God saw his life surrender, and provided a ram for the sacrifice (in place of Isaac).
There was a 3 day interim from when Abraham was given the command. During this time he could have He may have wanted to question God, and quite possibly could have been discouraged, confused and may have wondered what happened to God’s promise that I would have an heir? As we all know God’s processes can be quite discouraging, sacrificial and confusing. Sometimes, what we go through doesn’t seem to line up with God’s promises, but He has a reason for having us go though them. Had an angel came to Abraham and explained don’t worry your child will live, and you will see God’s actual will for your life… don’t fret because God will stop you in the middle of the act and provide the sacrifice. But God didn’t say anything, nor did He send anybody to encourage Abraham.
The Shunnamite woman in the book of Kings, received a promise of God which she was not expecting neither requested from Elijah. She received a son, and he died in her lap and she laid him on the prophets bed. Elijah sent his servant Gehazzi, but he couldn’t bring the child back to life. Elijah came to the family, and brought her child back to life. What was the point of her going through this process? I’m glad you asked! There was a 7 year drought throughout the land, and this family moved to the land of the Philistines. When the drought was over, she goes to reclaim her land and property, but finds Gehazzi standing before the king telling of Elijah’s great miracles and wonders (2 Kings 8). At the precise time, it just so happens that he was telling the king how this woman’s son was brought back to life by Elijah! She walks in as validation and proof of Gehazzi’s story! She and her family were living proof of Elijah’s power! It all made sense now. The pain she had endured was for a reason and it gave her favor before the king to be restored.
Your process is worth the pain: the pain is for a reason. And you will be full restored!
Father God, thank you for each process where our hearts have been tested and our faith increased. Thank you for being faithful to your word and to our calling and purpose. May your will be done in our lives. May we see the reasons for which we have survived hard times, and endured each process. You are He who rewards those who diligently seek you. We believe and are eternally grateful. In Jesus name, amen.