One morning as I was about to check the weather forecast to figure out what to wear, the thought occurred that I’m quicker to believe a weather prediction, traffic report or news story than God’s promises. Unlike man’s predictions that often fail, God’s promises are guaranteed. Numbers 23:19 says. “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” God’s promises provide a basis for expectation. Why then is it so difficult to believe God’s promises? One reason is there’s generally a waiting period embedded in His promises. We live in a microwave society where we expect instantaneous results, the quickest solutions and immediate answers.
If it seems like what God promised you is on permanent hold, be encouraged. The longer the wait, the bigger the blessing. A perfect example of this concept are the pregnancies for a mouse and an elephant. The gestation period for a mouse is roughly 20 days. An elephant’s pregnancy lasts approximately 22 months. It takes longer to give birth to an elephant than a mouse. A mouse pales in size comparison to an elephant. The wait can signal the size of a blessing. What have you stopped believing God for because you’ve been waiting so long? Rest assured the delay doesn’t mean a denial.
The Bible says in II Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise.” The word “slack” means God isn’t slow to fulfill a promise. He operates on His schedule not ours. God’s promises are fulfilled at the ideal time. He doesn’t make promises that have to be put on life support in order to survive. He uses the waiting season to prepare you for the promise, and the promise for you.
It’s impossible to believe what you don’t know. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Satan wants you ignorant of God’s character, ways and promises. He knows the more you learn about God, the more you grow to trust Him. God has your best interests in mind. God’s promises are His reality for your life. He’ll use the struggles of this season of uncertainty to manifest His promises to you.
Here are a few promises to encourage you during this time of uncertainty. Write them out. Meditate on them. Personalize them and make them your own. Pray them out loud.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Whose report will you believe? .Always remember…“He is faithful that promised” (Hebrews 10:23).
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson