Believe God’s Promise to You

Friends,

Many people are waiting on the Lord for a promise He has given them to come to pass. Have you noticed, though, that the Lord’s timing is usually different than ours? However, if we stay faithful to walk close to Him, faithful to abide in His written words, faithful to remain in the work He has assigned for us today, He will bring us joy, peace, and confidence as we wait. It’s true that He will sometimes bring confirmations to us outside of His Word –like through others, through circumstances, through a devotional book, or through some other means. But this is His mercy to us. He actually wants us to trust nothing else except His Word and His Holy Spirit’s teaching us through that Word. That is the maturity He stretches us toward.

Let’s be careful about asking God for further signs to confirm something He has already told us. I think most of us would agree that, in light of the fact that Jesus had done numerous miracles, especially of healing, it was an incredulous request of the religious elite to ask Jesus, “Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.” (Matt. 12:38) Verse 39 tells us, “He answered, ‘A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign!'” And from the same account in Mark’s gospel (Mark 8:12), it is revealed that Jesus said this with a deep sigh –apparently a sigh of displeasure.

“We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7) Let’s never forget that. And “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” (Heb. 11:6) Unbelief is something God hates, and except He choose mercy, it can incur much anger from Him. Let us instead show Him our trust as we praise Him for the answer that is on its way. If God has NOT said no to our persistent humble request, or especially if He has given an outright promise, then His delay is merely bringing about a ripening of that promise. The promise may still be green and sour. It, or we, are not yet ready. “For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter… and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.” (Ec. 8:6,5)

My godly mother gave me a couple of little sayings last year that I’ve held on to. The one, which is by Andrew Murray (a great saint) says, “Be assured that if God waits longer than you wish, it is only to make the blessing all the more precious.” Isn’t that great?! And if you are not yet assured of a promise, look nowhere else except to His Word (the Bible), meditate on it in repentance, holiness, praise, and gratefulness, and He WILL speak to you.

Here’s the other saying: “The secret of patience is to do something else in the meantime.” That’s sure wise advice too, isn’t it?

Love,

Rachel

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~ by smilesback on August 24, 2009.

 
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