And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. —Genesis 15:13-15
Do you believe that God’s word can change the atmosphere of your life? It can. It will. I believe this passage speaks to us in a significant way. I want to talk about God planning your comeback. In scripture, God gave Abraham two promises:
Promise #1 – That he would die at a ripe old age.
Question: Do you ever worry about dying? Do you believe your life is fully in the hands of the Lord?
God came to Abraham and He basically said, “Abraham, I don’t want you to worry about dying. You will go to the grave at a good old age.” I believe this means we ought to just expect and claim that we’ll have good memories and we’ll have healthy, strong bodies. I know we get older and everything changes, for sure, but I’m claiming today the good old age.
I’ll always have provision. I’ll always be taken care of, because man is not my source. Isn’t that good news? That’s good news. Be free from the fear of what’s coming. Good is what’s coming.
Promise #2 - That his wayward children would comeback.
Questions: Do you have children you worry about or who are not walking with God today? Can you have faith for a “comeback” for your child? Do you believe God loves your child more than even you?
The second profound promise that God gave Abraham was, “Not only will you die at a good old age, but I’m promising you, Abraham, that when you go to the grave, you don’t have to worry about your children. I don’t care what it looks like when you go, I am making a covenant that will outlive you and I’m going to take care of your children.”
He did throw in there that “there’s going to be a time of darkness in their lives. Those whom I love, I chasten and I correct.” The promise for Abraham and for your kids is that if your kids get off course, they will be oppressed. There may be a time when it won’t be like you wish it were. There may be a time when it looks so dark and bleak for them. All parents hurt when our children hurt, and we are driven to our knees when they make bad choices, especially when they stray from their faith in Jesus.
God warned Abraham about this, but in the covenant that He made with him, He told him that his children would come back again to where He called them to be. There will be a comeback. This is a promise for your life should you stray, and there will be a comeback for your children as well. There will be a time when their captors will be crushed. There will be a time when their bondage will be broken. The darkness and defeat is only a brief season … a fleeting moment. I promise you whatever seems to hold them will not hold them in the long haul. They will come back. What a powerful promise.
This truth is for your children, but it is also for you.
Question: Have you been through some setbacks and felt like giving up? Do you ever feel like things have gone so wrong that, in a certain situation, there could never be a comeback?
No matter how pessimistic, no matter how negative it looks today, you’re going to come back. It’s a season of comeback. It’s time to get up off the mat if you’ve been knocked down. If you’ve been through something, if you’ve been through financial setback or some kind of terrible thing has hit you in your health or something’s happened to your family, we need to believe that it’s time for a comeback.
It’s not time to quit. It’s no time to give up. It’s not time to moan and groan. We may be down, but we’re not out, because we serve a comeback God. Sometimes in life, stuff just happens. And when it happens, the enemy whispers, “It’ll never be good, you’ll never be whole, it’ll never be right, and you’ll never be the same person.”
But the Bible said when you go through a ‘spilt milk’ scenario, you serve a God who devises plans whereby the scattered will be gathered and will be brought back. In other words, God has a way to regather, regain, restore, reclaim, refresh, and renew your life. God says, “I’m devising a plan to bring you back to wholeness.” God is a God that makes a way of return, a comeback, and it’s time for you to experience the spirit of a comeback.
Maybe the enemy has cut down your family tree. Maybe it feels like he’s just devastated everything. I still believe that I serve a God who can give every family a comeback, every marriage a comeback, every situation – every drug addict, every alcoholic … you can have a comeback.
You’ve been through hell, you messed up, and you did something you shouldn’t have done. It’s time for a comeback. The Bible said there is a river whose streams shall make glad again. That’s the river of the Holy Spirit, and if you can get a scent of that river, God can orchestrate your comeback.
Genesis 15:13-15; Genesis 15:18; Deuteronomy 33:25; Psalms 91:16; Psalms 37:25; 2 Samuel 14:14; Job 14:7-9; Psalms 46:4; Luke 15:20; 2 Timothy 4:11; Judges 16:4; Judges 16:19; Judges 16:21; Judges 16:22