Naysayers and Delayed Promises


Do have any naysayers in your life?  Dont know?  Do any of these sound familiar?

“That will Never Happen!”
“Do you really think you will get that promotion!?”
“You are crazy. That will never work.”
“I believe in you, BUT let me help.”
“You can’t trust them, here try this.”
“You are too old/young.  It’s to early/late for you!”

Naysayer: a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views. source

God is the Great Dream Giver! God gave Abram a Dream and a Promise!  God even reminded Abram of HIS faithfulness to Abram!

1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I [am] your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” 2 But Abram said, “Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house [is] Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!” … 5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6 And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. 7 Then He said to him, “I [am] the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.” 8 And he said, “Lord GOD, how shall I know that I will inherit it?” … 12 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror [and] great darkness fell upon him. … 15 “Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age.  Gen 15:1-3, 5-8, 12, 15 NKJV

Even in the midst of God speaking with Abram, he had disbelief.  In our own lives, sometimes we are the first naysayer to discredit what God has promised to do in our lives!

In walks the second naysayer:

1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no [children]. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing [children]. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife…4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes. … 9 The Angel of the LORD said to her(Hagar), “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.” 10 Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude.” … 11″Behold, you [are] with child, And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has heard your affliction. 12 He shall be a wild man; His hand [shall be] against every man, And every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” … 15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram [was] eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram. – Gen 16:1-4, 9-12, 15-16 NKJV

In walks Sarai to her husband Abram and basically says, “This is crazy!  I know God promised this whole descendants thing, BUT I am old, you are old!  Here take my servant.  Go sleep with her.  I can’t wait any longer.”

We see from the story that Abram gives into the voice of his closest naysayer, his wife.  When we hear from God, we cannot let any voice trump the voice of God.  When God gives you a promise, cling to it!  Do not entertain the voice of the naysayers in your life!

God is always faithful!  Even in the midst of Abram sleeping with Hagar, God comes to Hagar and fulfills his promise, because it is still Abram’s seed!  When we choose to give into the naysayers of our lives and not Trust the Promise Giver, our decisions affect those around us whether we realize it or not!

And then, the delayed promise:

1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I [am] Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 “And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” … 15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah [shall be] her name. 16 “And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be [a mother of] nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall [a child] be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear [a child]?” … 19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, [and] with his descendants after him. 20 “And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. … 22 Then He finished talking with him, and God went up from Abraham. – Gen 17:1-2, 15-17, 19-20, 22 NKJV


 

By this time, Sarah is well past the age of childbearing.  All hope seems lost!  All looks as if God has not followed through.  Without a doubt Abraham must have heard wrong!  

9 Then they said to him, “Where [is] Sarah your wife?” So he said, “Here, in the tent.” 10 And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which [was] behind him.) 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; [and] Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” 13 And the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear [a child], since I am old?’ 14 “Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” 15 But Sarah denied [it], saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh!” – Gen 18:9-15 NKJV

God’s Faithfulness is not dependant upon us.  When God has said He will do, He will do!

5Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. – Gen 21:5 NKJV


 

Be encouraged!  God is Faithful!  Divine Promise is here!  A re-awakening of slumbering dreams!

Do not let the naysayers in your life have any power!

If your firm foundation is on God, than nothing any other person or saint can say to upset, uproot, or move you!

 

 

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