TOKENS OF GOD’S LOVE
What do I mean by tokens of God’s love?
When you are praying for a big miracle or waiting for the fulfilment of God’s promise, the answer may not come immediately but God gives you tokens of His love along the way. These tokens are little gifts that strengthen your faith and help you persevere. They are reminders that God has not forgotten you and that He is committed to answering your prayer and fulfilling His word.
The tokens may be confirmations of the original prophecy to you directly or through brethren, they could be the lifting of obstacles on your way, blessings of provision and healing that seem incidental but ultimately contribute to your standing firm with God.
When God promised Abraham that He will have a son to whom he will pass his inheritance, it took at least 25 years for that prophecy to be fulfilled. But God visited Abraham from time to time to reiterate the promise, gave him Ishmael to cheer he and Sarah up when they were getting tired of waiting and delivered them from Pharoah and Abimelech when they lived in Egypt and Gerar respectively (Genesis 12:10-20, Genesis 20:1-18).
These tokens are like the Holy Spirit that God sends to live in believers to assure us of our inheritance of eternal life through Christ Jesus. Life may be hard on earth, many times we suffer the things that others suffer like sickness and natural disasters, but the Holy Spirit in us bears constant witness that we have a hope in glory with our Lord and Saviour after this life. And so we hold on and rejoice.
“13 When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession” – Ephesians 1:13-14.
As you live from day to day, look out for the tokens of God’s love that He sends to remind you of His commitment to your case. Take comfort in them and rejoice that we serve a faithful God who will answer your prayers, fulfill His promise and put your big miracle in your hands.
Amen in Jesus’ name.
“God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?” – Numbers 23:19
“1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 ‘I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
4 … ‘Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.” – Genesis 12:1-2, 4
“Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.” – Genesis 21:5
“15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.” – Genesis 16:15-16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
“5 …He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” – Titus 3:5-7
“20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” – Philippians 3:20-21
“16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
All the scriptures in this post are from the New International Version of the Bible.