How many times has God spoken to us, given us a reassurance—even a promise—and then seemed to renege on it? We hear His words to us, get excited, and immediately envision what that promise fulfilled will look like.
Then, when that first trial comes along, we question God. “Why didn’t You________?” or “Why did You allow __________?” We lose heart because things aren’t going the way we expected them to.
God gives promises, and we know He keeps His word. The thing is, we are limited by our humanity. We can’t see beyond the current moment into the future.
We can’t see that the trials prepare us to thrive in the promise when it is fulfilled. When God gives us a promise, He never says, “It’ll be just like this, no problems, no obstacles. It will look exactly the way you think it will.”
It’s easy to falter the first time we smack into opposition to what God says will happen. When we begin to doubt, our perspective becomes us-consumed, rather than God-consumed.
When God gives a promise, we should expect opposition. Whenever He has a good work to do, there is an enemy waiting for the opportunity to thwart His good plans.
Satan will do his best to dishearten us, to persuade us to doubt God—His word, His goodness. We have a choice when we face the devil’s lying words. We can believe them, or we can reject them.
If we believe them, we will falter in our belief in God. His plans will be hindered. And we may miss out on some amazing things God has planned.
His ways are higher than our ways. When we trust God in the midst of opposition, we’re one step closer to being equipped to live in His promises for us.
When we believe God, when we cling to the truth of who He is—even when every circumstance seems to contradict this—that’s when we become the victors.
That’s when God works within us . . .
. . . drawing us closer to Him,
. . . conforming us to the image of Jesus,
. . . and preparing us for the fulfillment of His promise.
Like the Israelites leaving Egypt, we will rarely see God’s promises fulfilled immediately. When we release our vision of what it will look like and learn to embrace Him, we can walk through the opposition with confidence.
It won’t be easy, we may not even have an overt sense of peace. But, when we know He whom we’ve believed . . .
. . . when we embrace the truth of who He is . . .
. . . there’s nothing the enemy can say that will cause us to stumble or falter.
What about you? What promise are you waiting to see fulfilled in your life? What verse is helping you keep your belief strong?