Although I don’t get to do it often, going to the movies is one of my favorite pastimes. While I love the big screen, surround sound and reclining seats, I’m adamant about arriving in time to see the coming attractions. The trailers are meant to build expectation about soon to be released movies. The previews cause me to look forward to a movie’s release.
God’s promises provide a preview of a future reality He has planned for our lives. But more often than not, when God makes a promise, it’s always tested. Your situation tends to contradict what God said. God says you’re healed while the sickness seems to take a turn for the worse. You pray for a loved one’s salvation or return to the Lord and they seem to drift further into the depths of darkness. God promises to supply all your needs as you seem to experience more lack than provision. Regardless how circumstances may look, rest assured God’s promises always come to pass.
Unfortunately, the passage of time tends to gnaw away at our faith, especially when it looks like the promise appears to be a permanent impossibility. Waiting on promise fulfillment is like waiting for a train. You wait on a platform for something you believe is coming but can’t be seen yet. You stay in place until the train arrives because you’re confident the train is coming. The same principle holds true when waiting for promise fulfillment. Even if there’s no evidence the promise is coming, keep waiting and believing. As you wait, you must learn to hold on and let go at the same time. Hold on to God’s unchanging hand and let go of doubt.
The Vines Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words define promise as “an undertaking to do or give something.” Those in Christ are guaranteed that God will do just what He promised. II Corinthians 1:20 says, “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” God’s promises never fail. Joshua 23:14 says, “…And ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.” God doesn’t just make a promise, He makes an oath. Therefore, it’s impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:17-18). Your confidence must rest in the Promise Giver, as you exercise faith and patience.
What God promised is coming sooner than you think! Anchor your faith to God’s promises and expect Him to move on your behalf. Rehearse the promises God has made to you aloud. Keep reminding yourself of God’s faithfulness in the past. The passage of time simply means the promise is closer than it’s ever been before. Remember, just like the movie previews, the promise is coming soon!
Until next time…Be blessed!
Reverend Cynthia Jackson