Several months ago I sensed God reminding me of something He began teaching me years ago and it was this: so many of His children are not living in the fulfillment of His promises because they don’t know them. I’ll be the first to say that I don’t know ALL of the promises of God. I still have so much learning to do and truth to have written on the tablets of my heart. However, I will say that feasting upon His promises has become one of the biggest and most reliable means of sustenance in this life, especially in the midst of stormy seasons and the various trials that we face.
As we continue on this journey together, I want to invite you to feast upon His promises in new ways or for the first time if you haven’t tasted of their goodness yet!
When the Lord began to bring this theme back to remembrance several months ago, there was a picture that started to form in my mind’s eye. I saw a picture of a big oak tree, and on some of the large roots beneath the surface, there were some key promises engraved that spoke of God’s character and about His word. Some of them were…
“God is not a man, that He should lie… Has He said, and will he not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the Glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
If the promises of God are going to bear weight in our lives and hold steadfast for us, it is important to know and be assured that the One who has promised is faithful! It is important for us to grasp ahold of the truth that the Promise Maker is the Promise Keeper, and that He is incapable of lying! It’s important for us to know that His word is firmly established and unwavering!
In addition to the large roots that I saw in the picture, there were many smaller root systems coming off of the larger ones. Written on those roots were promises from Scripture like…
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:6
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrew 13:5d
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned.” Isaiah 43:2
I could go on and on with more promises that were on these root systems. However, I would like to direct you to this thought… “Do you believe that He who promised is truly faithful?” “Do you believe that you can hang your hope on the promises that He makes and rest in Him, knowing that His responses to His promises are, ‘Yes,’ and, ‘Amen’?”
What the Lord began to stir in my heart was the reality that many of the secondary promises that I saw on the smaller root systems held no real weight in my life if the primary promises were not yet understood and seen as a reality to me. In other words, if I am not convinced that God is good and that He cannot lie, then why would I choose to hang my hope on a promise that says He will continue a work He began in me and complete it? Why would I fight in the battle for freedom if I didn’t believe that it truly is for freedom that we have been set free? (Galatians 5:1) If I don’t believe that Scripture is God-breathed or given by His inspiration and accomplishes what it is sent out to accomplish, why would I wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, when I am in the midst of battle?
However, on the contrary, if I am convinced that God is incapable of lying and faithful to do what He has spoken, how incredibly full of hope can I be when I look upon a promise like, “… and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age?”
What I would like to challenge us with is the invitation to pray out in boldness like David did, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties.” (Psalm 139:23) Let us put ourselves at the feet of the Lord in humility and invite Him to purge us and cleanse us from anything that would keep us from being able to latch onto His word with hope and blessed assurance! Let us come boldly into His throne room of grace and let Him reveal any areas where we may not be able to fully grasp ahold of the truth that He is good — all of the time — even when there are extreme challenges, hardships, losses, etc.
I am confident that God desires for His Bride to be a people of promise, having her heart set like flint and her gaze fixed on the One who will return in glory!
I am confident that God desires for His children to live in the fruit of what He has promised and made available to them. Let us be daughters that eat the scroll and stand on the word of God that stands forever! (Isaiah 40:8)
As I conclude, I feel it is important to mention that God’s timing is not our timing. I’m sure the eyes that just read that sentence are likely all too familiar with the reality of that statement. So, what do we do amidst the tension of the “now” and the “not yet” of seeing promises fulfilled?
I will leave you with this. Think about the tension that exists in magnetic force. Magnets have an A side and a B side. If you had two magnets sitting in front of you, in order for them to come together, you would need opposite sides to touch. If the equally charged sides are brought together, the force between them repels itself and causes the opposite reaction — to force apart.
Why do I mention this imagery? Well, I feel like God brought this picture to mind to help us see that we have two possible responses when standing on His promises and awaiting their fulfillment. The tension that exists amidst the waiting is like the magnetic force. We can either let the magnetic force draw us near to Him or repel us from Him.
There are a myriad number of promises connected to hoping and trusting in the Lord. We are told that those who hope in the Lord won’t be put to shame and that we will be strengthened when we wait on Him! However, waiting isn’t normally a practice that we get all that excited about.
I would like to challenge you to let the Lord reveal what the posture of your heart is amidst the waiting and amidst the tension of seeing promises fulfilled? Do you let the tension draw you nearer into His presence that will be met by Him drawing near to you, or has your heart become somewhat sick amidst the seasons of waiting, and now the tension has become a place of offense before the Lord that repels you from His presence?
Lean in, beloved daughter. It is the heart of the Lord to see His glory made manifest in your life.
If you are waiting, lean in. Don’t run.
He who has promised is faithful!