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The Patience of Abraham
By Karen L. Mechtly

Hebrews 6:13-15
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."     And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. (NIV)

When we think of a patient person in the Bible, Job generally comes to our mind. I don't want to take anything away from Job, but was he really patient? He was faithful to God through adversity. But I think that Abraham was actually more patient than Job. After all, he had to wait 25 years for his promised son. (I had to wait nine months for each of my children, and I thought that was a long time! I cannot imagine waiting for 25 years.) The most important thing is that he waited patiently.

As Christians, we need to be as patient as Abraham. When we are going through a difficult trial, we need to be patient. We realize that trials often bring us closer to God, and we need to persevere through them. While we are waiting for the victory that will come, we need to continue to believe that God will act on our behalf. 

Abraham believed God would send him a son. He patiently waited for God to fulfill His promise. In Genesis 15:6 it says "Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness." (NIV) May we be as faithful and as patient as Abraham.

Lord, Help me to patiently wait for what You have promised!


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