Thursday, January 10, 2013

Peace in His Promises

When I did my word study on peace I didn't necessarily read every verse that had the actual word "peace" in it. Instead I read passages that illustrated or taught it. Today I want to share with you what God showed me in Genesis.

First lets get a picture going...
Let's just say you are a fly on a camel. You are watching a heated exchange go on between this REALLY old lady and this younger, pregnant girl. The old lady turns and now she is yelling at a REALLY old man. Now if you really were a fly you would probably just buzz off and find another camel to bother, these folks aren't that important anyways...right? Wrong, this is Sari, Hagar, and Abram; three of the most important people in history. I'm sure you already know their stories, but lets sum it up.
God called them to leave their home, but wouldn't tell them exactly where to go. They were wandering the desert when God told Abram and Sari that they would have a son. Mind you, Sari is SUPER old, and has never been able to have children. They wait and wait, but nothing happens so they take things into their own hands. Sari gives Hagar, her maid, to Abram so that they can have a son in Sari's name. Well, things get heated between everyone. I mean, how could you Not be stressed? They have no idea where they are going, why they really left, how much longer they have to live, God's changing their names, and making these strange promises and covenants that so far have been pretty empty, so there's bound to be some strife.

Then we come to Genesis 21.
"The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."

Just for second imagine you are Sarah. Your old, you have just been through labor for the first time, and after all that you have been through in the past 10 years, all the worry, tears, and fear, you look down into the face of a miracle. God had kept his promise! Imagine the peace that would flow through you.

Part of the scripture that stuck out to me was this. "Who would have said?" and "Yet" Think about it. Fill verse 7 in with your own words. Whether from past experiences or something you hope to soon be true. "Who would have said.........? Yet.........!" It's that feeling of knowing that God is in control. Did you know that no matter how much we worry it will never change God's will, His plan, or the outcome? Sarah tried to take it into her own hands yet God's will still came to pass. Loosing sleep at night, and biting our nails does absolutely nothing for our situation except make us tired and have short nail beds.

I want to share with you what the commentary in my study Bible says.
"After repeated promises, a visit by two angels, and the appearance of the Lord himself, Sarah finally cried out with surprise and joy at the birth of her son. Because of her doubt, worry, and fear, she had forfeited the peace she could have felt in God's wonderful promise to her. The way to bring peace to a troubled heart is to focus on God's promises. Trust him to do what he says."

So my questions to you are these. What are you troubled about? What has God promised you? and Are you trusting him? Why should we, like Sarah, spend time in fear and worry when we could be enjoying the peace that we get from trusting God? At the end of a trial we never tell ourselves "Wow, I'm sure glad I stressed my way through that one. It might have had a different outcome if I hadn't!" Enjoy the peace that comes with being God's child. It just might change the way you live your life.

May you have a blessed and peaceful day in the Lord


  1. Thank you Gracie! :-) I'm ALWAYS convicted when I read that passage in Genesis. I'm so thankful the LORD could love "dust" like me. On another heart goes out to Hagar. Not sure what she was really like in person, but the scriptures seem to indicate to me that she REALLY got the short end of the stick.

  2. Gracie, I love the part where you said: "Wow, I'm sure glad I stressed my way through that one. It might have had a different outcome if I hadn't!"

    How many times has God provided as He promised, and then the next time we fret again. It reminds me of Romans 5:3-5.

    Great post!