In times of distress or when we are tempted to worry, it’s important that we remember that God always keeps His promises to His people. Take for instance the promise God had given to Abraham:
1. Promise made
Gen. 22:15-18 “And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”
2. Promise kept
Num.1:44-46 “These are those that were numbered, which Moses and Aaron numbered, and the princes of Israel, being twelve men: each one was for the house of his fathers. So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel; Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.”
3. Promise remembered
Heb. 11:12 “Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.”
LESSON - These figures which are revealed in the book of Numbers show how God was at work fulfilling His promise to Abraham. Within a few generations, Israel had gone from one man to multitudes. God had performed miracles on behalf of His people in order that He might fulfill His word, thereby keeping His promise. Through this you must see that God’s promise to you may not occur on your timetable or as you expect it, but His promise will be fulfilled. He will always do what is right!