Hebrews 6:12 “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
Promise: “A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow: an assurance creating expectation. Are you familiar with this word? Do you or have you used it often? More importantly yet, have you kept the promises or assurances given when you have made them?
Husbands and wives promise to keep their love for their spouses. Companies promise “satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.” Dads and moms promise “If you behave, we’ll take you out for a special treat.” Have you ever heard of a politician that hasn’t made promises? We’ve heard the question, “Do you promise not to tell anyone else?” giving the promise so we can listen to the juicy information to come. Promise, promises, promises. Jonathan Swift is quoted as saying, “Promise and pie-crusts were made to be broken.”
Maybe broken promises seem to be the way of man. Maybe that is why people have so little faith in them. It seems as though modern day promises are just words that create a little higher expectation – but within the guarded heart of those that have heard them only to see them broken too many times. Broken promises may be the way of far too many people but they are not the way of God.
When we read in the Bible of God speaking, one Hebrew word used is “dabar.” It carries the meaning – “to speak – to declare.” It is the same word used when the Bible says that God promised. In other words, God’s Word is always a promise. He does not lie. He is incapable of lying and what He promises will come to pass.
Now can you imagine having a face to face encounter with Almighty God Himself? This did occasionally happen between God and those He was establishing a promise to. Sometimes He would appear in a dream – (my thoughts would be – to soften the overwhelming trauma that could come from seeing and hearing God face to face.) God appeared to Jacob in this way – in a dream. We read about it in Genesis 28:10-15 (NLT.) “Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone for a pillow and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from earth to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down on it. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I will give it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will cover the land from east to west and from north to south. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I will be with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. I will someday bring you safely back to this land. I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you everything I have promised.”
This promise to Jacob was first made to Abraham. It was to be to Abraham and his descendents. It was carried to Isaac and then to Isaac’s son Jacob. God here said here that it would carry on to Jacob’s descendants – in other words all the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Imagine that God appeared to you in a dream and said, “Wayne – Greg – Sandra, my blessings are yours by faith – to you and your descendants. What’s more, I will be with you and I will protect you wherever you go…. I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you everything I have promised.”
How would you feel if He called your name? How would you feel if you heard that? Would it be life changing? Would you treat it like any other promise that you’ve ever heard and take with a grain of salt, or would you esteem it and put all your faith in it? Would it change your confidence and how you approach your day-to-day experience?
The promise made to Abraham and then Jacob and then to all his future descendants was a promise to be received by faith. The promise was not just to descendants by blood linage but by faith – to those who would believe and take God at His Word. It’s reaching through the portals of time to you now. Galatians 3:26-29 reveals this saying; “You are all sons of God through fatih in Christ Jesus… There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. “
This is saying that what God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be ours by faith today. And again, what was that promise? Well a part of it was this – “What’s more, I will be with you, and I will protect you wherever you go….I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you everything I have promised.”
As you go about your day today, meditate on God being with you, protecting you, and working toward fulfilling all He promises to you through His Word. Exercise your faith and actively believe that! Satan may try to oppose them but your faith can and will overcome any opposition if you don’t let go. As today’s Fresh Manna verse says, Hebrews 6:12 “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”