When I was a child, one of my favorite things to do was to be read to by my parents at bedtime. One of them (I can’t remember which) bought me a book entitled “A Promise is a Promise.” They used it to teach me about the importance of keeping promises. Over the course of my life, I’m sure I have broken a promise or two, as you probably have too. When someone breaks a promise it hurts. It hurts your feelings. It hurts your heart, especially if you are especially close to the promise breaker.
Often, the devil tries to test your faith, especially when a promise is broken. Someone may promise you a job or a promotion, but then they change their mind. Another person may promise to do something for or with you, but then flake. Your spouse or partner may loyalty and faithfulness, but then he or she has an emotional or physical affair. People can be fickle, especially as it relates to loyalties, affection and likes and dislikes. But, something that we can rest assured of is that God never breaks a promise. He is not fickle. We can ask him for something that His word tells us is ours (ex. the desires of our heart) and know that he will make good on that promise. The answer or response we want may not come as quickly as we like. So, we wait and we wait. Then we wait some more. Sometimes we get anxious or impatient and try to take matters into our own hands. That never works – at least not long term. No amount of planning, plotting, manipulating or scheming can ever get us (and keep us) where God’s grace and mercy can take us. He always make good on his promises. He is faithful. His word is tried and true.
If we delight in The Lord, he will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4). He is not a man that he should lie nor the son of man that he should change his mind (Numbers 23:19). If we don’t have what we want or what we feel we need. Wait on God. He is good for it. We only have to:
- Wait Patiently
- Wait Expectantly
- Wait with a Heart Filled with Praise
As I was working on this post, I decided to share some tried and true verses. These verses are those that I have tried and as a result, know their promises to be true.
Malachi 3:10 (NIV) – “Bring your whole tithe into the store house, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says The Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
1 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV) – God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, …. and he has invited you into partnership with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Philippians 1:6 (NIV) – Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry t on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
James 4:7-8 (NIV) – Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you…
I don’t know about you, but I don’t mind waiting on something when I know that with God, a promise is a promise and that he is good for it.
P.S. About the sunflower – I made sunflower centerpieces for a baby shower today, and I have become obsessed with their beauty, resilience and sturdiness. So, I thought I’d brighten your day by sharing with you.
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