Most, if not all of us, have had promises to us broken. We’ve been left disappointed and confused, frustrated and hurt. I have been disappointed. I’ve been scarred and angry from promises unfulfilled, many of which have affected my life and the lives of my children. This disappointment can affect every relationship I have including my relationship with God if I let it.
But here’s the thing: my allowing the pain of the past, and the disappointment from others’ inability to be stewards of truth, to continue to stunt my growth means I’m idolizing my “victimhood.” Idolizing my pain gives place to the devil who has already been defeated by the Promise fulfilled in Christ Jesus.
You see, no matter how many people disappoint us, there is One who’s promises never fail. Our God is faithful! Even when we are unfaithful, He remains faithful because He can’t deny Himself.
“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way”1 Kings 8:23
Think about it. How many times has He proven Himself? Here are just a few:
- He promised Noah a storm was coming and it happened.
- He promised to never destroy the whole earth with a flood again, and He hasn’t (though He’s sure had good reason to!).
- He promised Abraham that his wife would become pregnant even in her old age and it happened. He said He would make a great nation out of him and He did it.
- Every promise He made to the Israelites was fulfilled – “Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled (Joshua 21:45, NIV).”
- The promises He made to Jeremiah about the disaster coming and His protection were fulfilled. He even “watched to see” that His Word was fulfilled (Jeremiah 1).
- He promised David a son who would build Him a house and Solomon was born and the temple built.
- He promised to send a Messiah and He did.
“Yet [Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”Romans 4:20-21
When God makes a promise, you can take it to the bank. He promises that His Word will not return to Him empty, but will accomplish what He desires and achieves the purpose for which He sent it. His promises are “yes and Amen.” Believe it.
If you’re holding on to a promise He has made (and you are sure it’s from Him), rest in His faithfulness. Wait for the fulfillment with eager expectation. Have hope! Hope does not disappoint when it comes from Him.
Prayer: God, thank You for Your great faithfulness. You have never failed me, ever, and You never will. You are and have always been only good and I trust in Your goodness. For all that You have done and continue to do, thank You! The promise You have given me I want to hope expectantly in. Please help my faith to be strong like Abraham’s. I won’t worry or try to make the promise happen on my own. I won’t interfere with Your good work; You don’t need my help! I lay this promise on the altar and fully give it to You trusting you will bring it to pass. Thank You for Your thoughts toward me. I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.