The Bitter and the sweet (10 of 11) by Jerry Branch

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The Bitter and the sweet (10 of 11)
Friend of God

Jerry Branch
Gen 21:1-21
05-13-07

Promises from God are going to be fulfilled (1-3)
" Then the Lord took note of Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had promised. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac." (Genesis 21:1-3, NASB95)
When God promises anything, including the sweet things of life,
God will deliver...
It might not always come within the time frame we'd like,
but in His time, God will do as He says.
And that in and of itself, is a real blessing to His people...
it was a blessing to Abraham and Sarah,
and it is still a blessing to us today.
Abraham and Sarah had to wait quite a number of years, about 25 years,
before Isaac was born, but this was the proper time.
And don't you know that when this new baby came into their home,
that Abraham and Sarah were happy beyond words.
Most of us have been there when a new born came home.
Can't you just imagine their joy?
Can't you just imagine how proud of their new born son they were?
And don't you know they were remembering
how God said He would do this for them.
It's no wonder then that they gave thanks
for the SWEET gift of a new born child,
whom God had given and entrusted to them.
This child who would be the beginning of the promised future nation.
So when you're waiting on God to come through on a promise He's given you,
and it seems like He's taking a long time,
look back and remember the lives of Abraham and Sarah.
Even though we're so ‘must have it NOW' oriented,
most of us can relate to the difference
of eating a gourmet meal in a five star restaurant and
vs. eating the pre-cooked, flash-frozen food
in the greasy spoon that gives you upset stomachs.
The really good things sometimes seldom com ...


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