Sunday, 20th January
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
We all know the story of Isaac, the promised son of Abraham when he was 100 years old. Isaac was blessed by God as it mentioned in the Bible ” After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi” (Genesis 25:11). God had promised Abraham to give him many descendants, and all these children would come through Isaac. Therefore everyone would expect Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, to have many children, however, she was childless. Quite often we are encountering situations like this, we heard promises from God but for a long time we have never seen them come to pass.
Today Rev Daniel shares with us what we shall do when things do not come according to what we expect?
1. Never Give Up
Jesus promised that if we have faith in God, even the mountains can move. We as Christians are not followers of this world but leaders, and it is God’s command for us to be salt and light in this world.
When Isaac got his first children he was already 60 years old! It was exactly 20 years after he got married to Rebekah. Even it took 20 years for this man – who was blessed by God – to receive this blessing, then what about ordinary people like us? There is no need to complain about our situation. Isaac got many brothers, who also got many children before Isaac and Rebekah. Isaac never gave up when he was enduring this shame, he was still loyal to Rebekah and not marrying another woman. We should also learn from him. When we give up on relying on God, God will not be with us, which will make the devil happy. Therefore, never give up holding tightly to God.
2. Take Lead
A lot of times when things go wrong we tend to complain, it’s quite easy and natural to finger point others or question about ourselves. However, Isaac was not like that. He prayed to God “on behalf of his wife”. He took the responsibility as well as the authority. He believed in God’s promise and remained faithful through the time. A real man should take the lead to protect his family. A woman should be under her husband’s cover. Unlike Adam who complained about Eve when they had sinned, Isaac, as a good husband, prayed instead of blaming his wife Rebekah, and God answered his prayer. All brothers should rise up and be a real man, so all the blessings that belong to us can come.
Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” 2019 is not a year of our focus, but to prepare for 2020. So we need to pray to God for what He promises for the next year. Because we are not chicken that only