Remember that promise? A toy as a child, a dream job, education, love, a miracle child, the list goes on.
Some promises have been kept, but others were broken and have gone with the wind. These unkept promises can bring pain, disappointment, hurt and even mistrust. A loved one promised you something and they didn’t keep their word.
Today, I am writing of someone who keeps His EVERY promise and that is God.
A year ago, I was preparing to leave the people that I have grown to love. It was heartbreaking. I thought I was only coming home for 6 months to year, really not understanding God’s plan in all this. Here I am and it is almost a year later and I have no certain plans of returning to Kenya/Africa yet. This is disappointing and I begin to doubt God’s plan for me here in Waterloo and His purpose for me being home. I begin believing lies that I don’t belong and even not fully believing in the Sunday school ‘God loves me’.
I am discouraged, groping in the dark, trying to understand. But slowly i am waking up to the reality that I am believing lies and instead, I need to speak God’s promises over myself. So many people I love dearly have at one point in my life broken a promise, but there is one and only that has not. That is my God, my Father and my Creator.
I am LOVED – Zephaniah 3:17, Psalms 36: 5
I am CHOSEN – Deuteronomy 7:6, 1 Peter 2:9
I am TREASURED – Deuteronomy 26:18
I am FREE – John 8:36
I will never be ALONE – Hebrews 13:5
I am a CHILD of GOD – 1 John 3
I have heard and said these things to others too many times to count. I have said it to children that are in dark situations, but here I am needing to hear them. Who else struggles with sometimes believing these promises?
Recently, I was at a Worship night and it was a HUGE reminder of who God is and who I am in His sight.
‘I am chosen, not forsaken; I am who you say I am’
‘I’m no longer a slave to fear; I am a child of God’
`Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness, my God that is who you are.`
Now promises are not fulfilled on our own timeline, they may take days, weeks, months or years to come to pass, but yet God’s promises are yes and Amen(2 Corinthians 1:20). He is painting our picture and putting our puzzle together, piece by piece. Some areas need more time than others, but yet His promises will come to pass in His time.
His ways are PERFECT(Psalm 18:30, 2 Samuel 22:31), even when we don`t see the full picture.
Look at Abraham. God promised him and his wife a child in their old age. They were past their child bearing years, and obviously it was hard for them to believe that they would have a child. Doubting, Sarah took matters into her own hands and consequently her servant had a child. God had promised a child to Abraham and Sarah and even this act of disobedience would not stop God from keeping His side of the deal. Isaac was born 25 years after God’s promise.
Is it hard waiting? Oh boy is it hard, but I am sure of one thing, God will keep His Promise!