We need to laugh more. And we can. We can laugh with joy and freedom because of our God who loves us and has given us a sign of his love. Genesis 21:1-6, Romans 4:18-21.
Of all the things that we struggle with in the race of faith, we struggle the most through the hard moments of life. I think everybody does. We struggle with the length of the race; we’re running for a lifetime. We struggle with burnout and faith-fatigue because the race is so long. We struggle with distraction, i.e. we struggle to keep our eyes focused in the right place and on the right thing. We’re lured in all sorts of different directions after all sorts of the different things, some of them are even very good. We struggle with temptation and deceit. We struggle with all kinds of things in this race of faith, but perhaps, perhaps the hardest and most painful thing we face in the race of faith are the hardships and trials of following Jesus. We all deeply during trials because those hard moments seem to go so contrary against the good that God has promised. The hard moments and hard times of life lead us to question just about everything. The hard moments and the hard times of life lead us to doubt just about everything that God has said. Tonight as we unpack Genesis 22, we learn a lot about faith as he watch Abraham trust God no matter what he saw or felt.
Whenever you're running a race, especially a long one, you need to refuel and rehydrate otherwise you'll bonk. The same is true of the race of faith. We've got to refuel and rehydrate or we risk bonking. God is gracious to provide oases for us so that we don't. This is an Advent devotion for your family as you wait for Jesus.
Nobody likes to wait and it has only gotten worse. In this day when we can get just about anything on demand. If we want to watch a movie, go rent it from iTunes; go watch it on Netflix. If you want something, just get on Amazon and you can have just about anything that same day, without even leaving the comfort of your own home. We just pop some food in the microwave and voila, it’s done. Nobody likes to wait and its only gotten worse.
In this evening meditation, we learn from Abraham and God’s Word how to wait on God to keep his promises, no matter how long it may take. We take a hot air balloon ride over Abraham’s life and see how God helped through his long wait.