My husband and I have been married for 25 years today! Woo Hoo! This is an especially important milestone, because we had a couple of communication issues that never seemed to resolve over the years, and we had both basically given up on them. Like the elephant in the room, there are just some things you don’t talk about. Last week, during a 3-day fast and prayer for another situation, the Lord gave us the key to heal these communication issues. You know what? It really worked! It’s like we have a brand-new marriage! We love it and He loves it!
This morning during prayer, the Lord began to speak to me about 25 years. My response was: “What’s so special about 25 years”? He reminded me that Abraham and Sarah had a 25 year encounter with Him that changed the course of human history! He also reminded me that He shifted the calling in my life after 25 years, and we are beginning a whole new season!
In Genesis 12:1-3 (CJB) the Lord appeared to Abram and said: “Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Abram was 75 years old at that time and had no children. Now THAT was quite a promise for a childless elderly couple!
I don’t know how many of you remember that old Frank Sinatra song “I did it my way”, but we DO know when we do it our way and try to help God out, it usually ends in dismal failure! Well, Abram did it his way and birthed an Ishmael at age 86. He was tired of waiting for the promise and afraid that he would die without an heir. Instead, he birthed two nations that have fought each other down through history!
Well, 25 years came and went. Abram and Sarai had given up. Where was the promise? It had died along with their old age and worthless bodies. The elephant in the room was no longer discussed. Then the Lord came on the scene and reminded them of the promise, gave them a date when it would be fulfilled, AND most importantly, gave them new names! Abram was no longer. He was now Abraham. Sarai became Sarah. (Gen 17) They were reborn!
Now you are probably thinking “What’s the big deal”? So what? They have a new name. What many people don’t know is that Adonai put the Hebrew letter “hey” in their names signifying the Ruach or very breath (wind or spirit) of God. The same wind or breath that He breathed into Adam, the same Ruach that filled the upper room in Acts 2:4; that very same Spirit breathed new life into old, tired, dead bodies and brought forth a nation!
Have YOU been waiting for something for 25 years? Have you given up? In this approaching year of the Shemitah, the whirlwind of God will be blowing. Let Him blow away the chaff and the baggage. Immerse yourself in His Presence, and let Him breathe new life into YOU! Reach for your promise NOW! DON’T GIVE UP!!!