Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
For he who promised is faithful.
From the Greek word pistos.
Of persons who show themselves faithful.
Worthy of trust.
Can be relied on.
Who is faithful?
He who promised.
And that gives me hope.
When life is good. When life is tragic. When life doesn’t look like I think it should. He is giving me exactly what I need when I need it. He is faithful. Even when I am not.
Remember Abraham? God promised to make a great nation from him. He promised to bless him and make his name great. He promised him a son. (Gen. 12)
Years pass. No son. And Abraham is frustrated. What happened to God’s promise? But God reminds him in Gen. 15:4, “your very own son shall be your heir.” And Abraham believed God. And God counted it to Abraham as righteousness.
But in spite of God showing up, and explicitly telling Abraham he will fulfill his promise, Abraham tries to make things happen on his own. Anyone, relate?
So Abraham takes his wife’s servant to have a child. And enter Ishmael.
Fast forward 13 years since God’s initial promise. No legitimate heir. And now we have all sorts of family drama.
You would think when God appears to Abraham in Genesis 17, that he would be upset. Abraham did take matters into his own hands in spite of God’s continued reminders of his initial promise.
But God tells Abraham, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.”
God is gracious. He’s loving. He’s patient and steadfast. “…God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance…” (Romans 2:4)
Once again, God promises the birth of a son. Through Abraham’s wife, Sarah. You would think at this point, Abraham is starting to get the picture. But he laughs. To God. And says, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” (Gen. 17:17)
That Abraham is a practical fella.
To which God responds, “I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.” (Gen. 17:21)
And sure enough, at the ripe old age of 100. Isaac is born to Abraham. Twenty five years later.
In the midst of the waiting, of the impossibility, of Abraham fretting and devising his own plans, God was faithful.
For he who promised is faithful. Even when I am not.
Writer Jon Acuff sums it up pretty well in his post, The Frustrating Thing About God.