This article is a part of the Biblical Hope series. To start this study from the beginning, click here: Biblical Hope.
Genesis 25:5, “Abraham gave all he had to Isaac.“
Abraham sends all the other sons given to him away with gifts and then “breathed his last” and died.
Principle 31: We have been given a finite number of breaths.
No one knows which one will be the last. It is how we use those breaths that determine where we will be gathered when we awaken.
In the last joint appearance, Isaac and Ishmael bury their father together. They never bury their hatchet. In fact, it only grows worse. (Genesis 25:18)
Isaac is now almost 60 years old (Genesis 25:26), but married Rebekah at 40 years old (Genesis 25:20). She is barren for 20 years.
And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. (Genesis 25:21)
When did Isaac pray this prayer? Did he pray it repeatedly? Or did he give up and then find renewed hope? Either he was persistent in prayer or the Lord answered him without discussing the time when He would fulfill His promise.
When God answers Isaac’s prayer and Rebekah conceives, she is troubled by her condition.
The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD. And the turmoil within. (Genesis 25:22)
She does not fret about what she does not understand, she takes it to the LORD by faith, and He gives her prophetic comprehension. He does not take away the conflict. This what faith does!
We need to look at the back story.
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Hebrews 11:7)
Noah did not let the fear overcome him, he acted upon the faith availed to him.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8)
He did not let what he did not know prevent him from doing what he knew and that was to trust God in the midst of uncertainty.
By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. (Hebrews 11:11)
Somehow, Sarah sensed power within the word of God and His nature to perform it and acted upon it.
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Matthew 7:14)
Who ever said living by faith was easy?
We are called to draw resource outside of ourselves, which comes from within the new nature of the Believer. The way of the believer is in conflict to the carnal nature and the way of man. We cannot sit idle and fret over circumstances, we must receive Divine power and by faith, exercise it. (John 6:29)
Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
A disciple of hope is one who trusts in the unseen activity of God in the midst of inner turmoil. Like Rebekah’s womb, our lives are carrying a message which concerns and affects the future.
That is why we are told:
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts (Colossians 3:15)
In my simplified version (MSV!): “SET and LET, not fret and get”.
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