Clinging to the promise

God swore by himself-for there is nothing else by which he can swear-that what he had promised to Abraham would come about. Paradoxically, it is because Abraham was willing to put the promise on the line and risk losing it, that the promise was renewed. Had he clung to the promise in an idolatrous fashion, choosing the promise of God over the God of the promise, the promise itself would apparently have been placed in jeopardy. As Jesus put it, “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it” (Matt. 16:25). God can have no rivals for our affection, not even the good gifts and blessings he has given to us.Iain M. Duguid
Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality p. 136

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