Throughout the Old Testament, Abraham’s offspring like to remind God of the promise made while Abe was still a wandering nomad in the wilderness. Each reminder harbors an unspoken sense of urgency for the Lord to fulfill the promise. Soon!
Sand, however, doesn’t arrive on dump truck at the beach. A long process of wind, rain, and waves churn boulders to rocks, rocks to pebbles, pebbles to sand. And there’s the rub (so to speak). While God may work in aeons and epochs, we get a little perturbed after a few minutes.
At several points the epistles call out patience of a virtue. The promises of God will be and have been fulfilled, when God sees fit. So, in these turbulent times, be patient.
Lord of life, stir in me the gift of patience so that I might hold tightly to your promises. Restore in me the joy of your salvation, and uphold my faith with the Holy Spirit. Amen
Rev. David Berggren, Retired Pastor & LCM Volunteer
Yet you have said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted because of their number.’Genesis 32:12