“A promise is a promise”, “I promise to pay you back,” “I promise to love you in sickness and in health”, are just a few of the many ways we have heard promises given and declared. A promise seems to carry an invisible power that will cause the broken-hearted to dry their tears. It will implant a sense of hope and peace into the mind of the receiver. There are some that will argue that “promises are meant to be broken, and not kept.” This is true when the giver of the promise fails to keep their word. Over time it is revealed through missed opportunities to make good on the word or deed they said they would do. Then there are others who are able to remain optimistic about the promised word. They are committed to believing that what was spoken would come to pass.
If you are anything like me, you have had a lot of promises and words spoken over your life. Growing up in the church, it was not unheard of for the prophet to call you out in the aisle. Your heart would beat fast, palms sweating; but you stepped out anxious to hear what heaven had to say. The prophet began to speak Gods blessings and promises into your life. Full of hope and gratitude tears rolled down your face, and it was not long before someone had to stand behind and catch you; the Holy Spirit had taken control! Those words were powerful, they were full of truth, they were tailor-made for your situation. Whether it was of a financial miracle, or business idea, elevation in ministry, marriage, or healing; you went back to your seat believing that the Lord would bring every Word spoken to pass.
So what happens when days, weeks, months, and years pass and the promises that the prophet spoke into your life had not yet come to pass? Not only have your finances not improved, but things seem to be getting worse. You are not married, and have not seen any elevation in ministry. Do you just give up on the God that promised it to you, and become the person that believes that promises are meant to be broken? Or do you become the person that learns how to wait patiently?
The Bible declares in Psalms 27:14, “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait I say on the Lord.” There was a reason David urges us to wait twice in the verse. I believe that he knew that life can sometimes be difficult and that the devil would try to convince us that the Promiser is in fact never going to bring it to pass. I will be honest, as full of the Holy Spirit as I am; I have had many moments of doubt and anxiety over the promised Word of God. I lacked courage, and the will to not take matters into my own hands. The consequence for not waiting is that we put our hands in the mix which usually causes confusion!
Lets not get it twisted, there are some requirements for waiting. The Lord never said sit idle, twiddle your thumbs, hum your favorite song, and cross your legs (LOL). Prayer, and fasting are key components to obtaining that courage and strength that the Word says we should have. After all, we do not want to be like Moses who knew the promise but was not able to have it because of his disobedience and frustration.
Remain courageous and hold on to what the Lord spoke…it shall come to pass!