BROTHERS AND SISTERS, God made a promise to Abraham, because He had no one greater by whom to swear, He swore by Himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. People, of course, swear by someone greater than themselves, and an oath given as confirmation puts an end to all dispute. In the same way, when God desired to show even more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it by an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, a promise and an oath, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
We have a promise and an oath from God, and therefore we hope.
God promised to multiply Abraham and make his descendants more numbers than that sand on the sea and stars in heaven. "And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained his promise." The key phrase here is "patiently endured." It may not be easy to have patience or to endure it at the present, with the shutdown due to coronavirus and a general uncertainty.
At the same time, can we change anything by worrying? When's the last time that worked? Therefore, patience is key. Not inactivity, but rather patient activity. There is enough madness around, do not add to it. Patiently enduring something does not mean submitting ourselves to unnecessary suffering. We should change whatever we can. Very often that is limited to ourselves. We can only change ourselves, our attitude and behavior.
We are part of the promise God made to Abraham because we are the descendants fo Abraham. God swore that He will keep His promise, as long as we keep ourselves aligned to His will. First of all, think about that, God swore! He swore by Himself because there is nothing and no one greater by whom He could swear.
And just in case we have any doubts about God's promises, remember, He did send His Only-begotten Son to die on the Cross and save us. In times of relative peace or in times of trouble, God's promises remain true. And they will remain true for as long as we are ready to patiently endure and hold up our side of the bargain.
"Seize the hope set before us." Why wait?
Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey - your friendly Singac priest