Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 8 Scripture Selection: I Kings 1-3
Food for Thought: I Kings 2:26-27
It doesn’t matter how much time may have passed, there is no expiration date on the word of the Lord, and we can still expect it to be fulfilled. If God said it, it will come to pass or remain in effect, regardless of the amount of time that has lapsed. Solomon’s action toward Abiathar the priest was in fulfillment of the word of the Lord that was pronounced regarding the house of Eli long before Solomon was even born, yet the word was still in effect and had not been forgotten. (See I Samuel 2:27-36.)
Some people get tired of waiting for something God has said He would do. If it seems to have taken too long, they shrug their shoulders and think that somehow the word of the Lord has faded or has lost its potency. But not so! The Lord has a very, very good memory that stretches beyond generations, and all He asks of us is to persevere and continue to trust Him, even when things don’t look like they will ever accomplish what He has said. In Habbakkuk 2:2-3, the Lord is quoted as saying, “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” What may seem like “tarrying” is not so for the Lord.
If God said it, it can be expected to be manifested. In Isaiah 55:11, the Lord reassures us of this: “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Though it may take awhile, it WILL come to pass. Guaranteed.
One of the things that some people scoff about because of it tarrying is the coming of the Lord. Some think it must not be true because it is taking too long. Look at I Peter 3:2-10: “…knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ …But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” The Lord is coming back, and every knee will bow to Him, ready or not, as He promises in Isaiah 45:22, 23: “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”
All that is left for us to do is keep believing, no matter how much time has passed, just as Hebrews 10:36-38 says: “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: ‘For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.’” As Jesus promises in Mark 13:31, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” Everything He has spoken is true, remains in effect, and will come to pass if it hasn’t already. We have His Word on it.
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