I Promise

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The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does” (Psalm 145:13).

The mothers of the nation of Israel, Sarah and Rebekah, both have stories marked by the power of God. They both saw God move in wonderful and amazing ways, in impossible situations. Wouldn’t you think they, of all people, would trust God completely?

Yet both women’s stories show them taking God’s promises into their own hands. Sarah heard God’s promise to give Abraham a son through whom He would build a great nation. When the promise was delayed Sarah devised a plan for Hagar to serve as a surrogate so that “through her I can build a family” (Genesis 16:2). The world is still suffering the consequences. The Lord told Rebekah that her younger son would rule over his older twin brother, yet when the time came for Isaac to give the blessing, Rebekah schemed to make sure her favorite younger son was in place under his father’s hand. Because of her actions Jacob was forced to flee from the wrath of his brother and she never saw him again.

I understand that tension. God has made promises to me and circumstances made those promises seem impossible. The truth is, I am as guilty as my ancient sisters of trying to manipulate God’s promise into fruition. And just as it did for them, my actions always led to frustration, heartache, and emptiness.  Sarah and Rebekah doubted God would keep His promise. So have I. They determined it was up to them to see God’s plan fulfilled. So have I.  Ultimately God did fulfill His promises to them and to me. He was and is faithful after all.

The Bible assures us that “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Unlike you and I, God does not make promises He cannot or will not keep.  Charles Spurgeon says, “God keeps His promises before He makes them.”  Think about that.  When God makes a promise, it is as good as done no matter how the situation looks. God can be trusted to fulfill what He has promised.

Now think about what God has promised to you.  Can you see the thing coming into reality right now?  Probably not.  Does that mean that God will fail to keep His promise?  Absolutely not.  It means you need to keep your eyes on Him and not on the circumstances.  It means God is going to do something amazing before your eyes.  In fact, the more impossible the situation looks, the bigger the miracle to bring it to fulfillment.  And you don’t want to miss that do you?

Beloved, you and I do not have to doubt that God will keep His promises.  We also don’t have to scheme and plot and manipulate to bring God’s promises to fruition.  It is completely His job and He doesn’t need any help from us.  Anything you and I may accomplish by our feeble actions will be empty and vain.  Everything God does to accomplish His promises will be extraordinary and beyond our wildest expectation.  I know this from His Word and from my own experience.  When I stand aside in faith and let God be God, He blows my mind!

Our only response to God’s promises should be “May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38) as we wait – not in frustration and doubt – but in eager anticipation.  God is faithful.  He will not fail you.  He always keeps His Word.

Always.

Holy Father, You are the great Promise Maker and the faithful Promise Keeper.  Sometimes You make such amazing promises we wonder if they can really be fulfilled.  Give us faith to watch and wait, knowing that when You do what only You can do, it will be more than worth the wait.  Amen

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4 thoughts on “I Promise

  1. Beth,
    I want you to be blessed by this testimony and thank you for allowing God to use you…

    As you may know, Don and I drive separately to church because he either goes straight to golf or straight to the gym afterward. I tend to get in a lot of prayer time while driving (only partially because of Tallahassee drivers). Today, as I was driving in to church I was praying. I reminded God that I believed he had given a promise to my Mom and me concerning my brother and the healing of his mental illness. I told him that I needed to know if he was needing an act of obedience out of either of us to facilitate his promise, or if we should just be still and wait on him, knowing he is God. I specifically said that I wanted to be obedient if that is what was required, but I didn’t want to be like Sarah trying to “help” when help was not only not needed, but made things worse. I told him I desperately needed to hear from him on this matter, to please give me a word today. After church, I came in to work for a couple hours, since my “Sabbath” turned out to be yesterday ☺. When I got here and opened my email, today’s Deeper Roots was in the in box. The answer I had prayed for could not have been more timely or more specific. I thank God for his goodness, mercy, and love. And I thank you for being obedient to your calling.

    Many blessings,
    Anja

    • Anja, that does bless me so much – but what you don’t know is that I had a completely different post in mind, in fact I wasn’t going to put it out until tomorrow. But God impressed this on my heart very strongly this morning. As if He was saying “This word for this day.” Now I know why. Love you my friend.

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