“Yet he 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.”
God’s blessings are new every morning. Life might get stale, but God’s blessings do not. His tactics change with the dawn. His thoughts, intents, and motives do not change. Those things remain the same yesterday, today, and forever, but the way that he does business is constantly adapting. God has a heart to see people change into the men and women that he knows they can become.
This song has been rolling around in my head for the past few of days:
All of my confusion HE understood
All I had to offer HIM was brokenness and strife
But, HE made something beautiful out of my life
How true is this statement? As I’ve been thinking about this lyric I’ve inserted some of my own thoughts into the last line.
But, HE [The Alpha; The Omega; The First; The Last; The One who knows my beginning from my end, and everything in between] made something beautiful out of my life
God made us for a purpose. He made us with a plan in mind that we might fulfill our promise—his promise. Now I realize that when I talk about God’s promises we can have a tendency to get a little down in the dumps especially when we haven’t seen them come to pass, or we have veered in some way that we think that we have missed them. I want to tell you: Don’t give up hope! God still has a promised purpose for your life. You cannot veer far enough that God’s promises become null and void. If God said it, it will come to pass.
Need I remind you how long it took the children of Israel to reach their promise? It took them 40 years wandering in the wilderness and their promise still came. Might I add, how long did it take the women with the blood disease to be healed? Or, the lame man by the pool of Bethesda? Or, the lame man by the gate called beautiful? All of these men and women were waiting on their promise a long time. The last three examples didn’t even know they had a promise of healing. If they knew of a promise they probably had written it off by the time they received it anyway.
Do you not know that the word God promised is the word that will come to pass? If God’s thoughts, intents, and motives do not change, then, that means his intentions to bring about your promise do not change either. God cares for his people. We are his dearly loved children. When a father makes a promise to his child, what kind of father would he be if he did not keep it?
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” Luke 11:11-13.
Though your life might seem broken and misunderstood God knows your end from your beginning. He knows exactly how your beautiful mess will play into the beauty of his kingdom. You’ve got a story that will reach farther than you can ever imagine should you choose to accept the mission in front of you. There is a promise in front of you. Paul says it this way when talking about his promise:
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14.
Even the Apostle Paul had a promise that he had not achieved. He even made the statement in Philippians 3 after talking about all the “good” things he had done. Do not be disheartened about the promise that God has given you. Instead, wait for it patiently and in due time you will receive that which was promised.
Peace, love, and Christ ‘cause you know HE died for you!