“I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars in the heavens and the sand on the seashore.” -Genesis 22:17
This is a promise that God made to Abraham. You may be thinking, “that’s a really hard promise to keep!” If you are human, which you are, and you are reading this, which you are, and if you didn’t know how the story of Abraham turns out, then yes, you might define God’s promise as impossible. Not to mention that at that time Abraham was very old. (I’m talking like over 100 years old). And his wife, Sarah, was just as old! In fact it was a miracle for their first son to be born! (Read Genesis 17:15-21, 21:1-7)
How were they going to have billions of offspring through only ONE son? And even if they did have billions of offspring through Isaac, their son, would the number reach as many as the stars in heaven or the sand on the seashore? Was God over exaggerating?
Not at all. Let’s read Matthew 1:1-3 to discover how God kept His promise.
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah…”
And then we go into the rest of the genealogy. You can continue reading for yourself, but first I want to look at the first three verses of Matthew 1.
Notice that the genealogy starts with Abraham. Next it covers Abrahams sons, and his grandchildren, and his great grand children, and on and on until Joseph is born. Yes, the same Joseph who married Mary, and whose son was none other than Jesus. Now think about this. There are about 30 generations in between Abraham and Joseph. And all those generations had tons of people in them. Even if the number of Abraham’s children didn’t reach the complete number of the sand or stars in bible times, Abraham’s decendants are still having children today. Not only does Abraham have many many many children now, but he also has the privilege of having the Messiah in his family!
God may have kept His promise to Abraham, but Abraham lived in Bible times. Can we trust God to keep His promises in 2015?
God is truth. And when He says He will do something He does it. Plus, take a look at His track record! The Bible is full of examples of fulfilled promises! Adam & Eve’s promise to be saved by a Savior one day. Noah’s promise of saftey in the ark. Abraham & Sarah’s promise of a son. God’s promise to deliver Isreal from slavery in Egypt. The promise of Jesus coming to save us.
So if your still wondering if God really does keep His promises, my answer would have to be: YES. Even if we don’t always see it right away, God will keep His promises. Why don’t you remember or look up a story in the Bible where God kept a promise? Would you share it with us in the comment section?