My baby Joshua is fast approaching 2 and he is beginning to really show how independent he is. I remember when he was so tiny he could barely lift his head and I had to do everything for him. Now this young fellow is rejecting meals by telling me: “I don’t want it”. I cook everything he likes and it is still always a battle to get him to settle down and eat.
Anyway, a few days ago, in one of my bids to get Joshua to eat, I had to bribe him. I made a promise to give him something he absolutely LOVES. I promised to take him outside once he finished his food. My son loves to go outside and he probably requests to go outside at least 10 times a day. I was amazed at how quickly he ate his food after I had spent ages begging and cajoling simply because I made him a promise.
By the time he finished eating, baby boy was tired, so he sat down contentedly in the living room playing with his toys. He seemed to forget that Mummy had him made a promise. In that instant I could have gotten away with not keeping my promise because the recipient of the promise was no longer interested and I honestly considered it. But my conscience didn’t let me get away with it. I knew I had to keep my promise to my son whether he asked or not, it was my responsibility to fulfil my part of the deal. So I took him outside as promised and he was so happy.
As we took our walk outside, God reminded me that he is the ultimate promise keeper. He showed me how even a mere human being like myself could be so determined to keep a promise I made to my son. How much more the King of all Kings that is not limited by anything. I was reminded of the verse that says “for Iam watching over My word to accomplish it.” (Jeremiah 1:12). It means it is not my responsibility to keep to the word but God’s. My part is to simply trust him.
God explained to me that it is true I have been disappointed many times by people who refused to keep their promises and that has made me approach his promises with some level of caution and scepticism. Although I know God is able to do anything, I found myself giving him a pass and making excuses for him in case his promises didn’t come through. And that is kind of counterproductive, because how do you have a genuine expectation from someone you don’t trust 100%. Faith can not work if doubt is prevalent.
“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]” (Hebrews 11:1 AMP)
This is why Abraham is considered the Father of our faith because when God made him a promise, he immediately accepted it without considering all the odds against him. As far he was concerned, once God said it then it was a done deal.
“Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”
19Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.” But it’s not just -=; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.” (Romans 4:17-25 msg)
Don’t be like me, don’t be doubtful and sceptical, choose instead to completely trust God at his word, whatever that may be. God will keep his promise. He really will. If a human being like me was so determined to keep my promise to a 2 year old, how much more can we trust our Father. If we continue to approach him with doubts and mistrust then even when he keeps his promises, we will miss them because we are not expectant.
If God has made you a promise then best believe he will keep that promise. This is not just about promises he made about specific issues but every promise in the bible belongs to us and when we choose to believe God and trust him to keep his word then we can truly be recipients of his promises. Start to bless God for his promises, start to speak about them as though they have happened because they will happen.
Bible verses to meditate on:
For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return without watering the earth, making it bud and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, 11so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it.
God is not a man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?