What do you do when you are waiting on a promise?
There was a time in my life where I seriously questioned God’s faithfulness. I felt like He was not coming through for me. One evening in my apartment, I made an impassioned declaration of God’s faithfulness. Through tears, doubts and questions, I affirmed my faith in God. As I remember, it was not long after that that God’s promises began to manifest in my life.
It is the nature of God to call things into being before they happen. God “gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (Romans 4:17).
So, what do you do when you are waiting on a promise? You need a pr
omise on a promise. The promise on the promise is this: “He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
The first promise is that God is faithful. God promises to be faithful. It’s a promise, a guarantee, a promise on a promise. We need to have faith in the overall promise that is greater than the specific promises yet fulfilled. This faith is in the absolute faithfulness of God.
When faced with delay, we need to declare God’s faithfulness. Then, we need to step into all He has for us, by faith. Don’t hold back. Jump out of the boat and walk on the water. The wait may be long, but when He says go, go!
“[Abraham] contrary to hope, in hope believed
, so that he became the father of many nations…And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” -Romans 4:18-21
Abraham stumbled (i.e., Hagar and Ishmael), but he did not waver in his faith.
We tend to see what we don’t have rather than focusing on who He is.
For me, God’s promises have come gradually. I hop
ed for marriage and a family, but waited until I was age 34 to be married. Waiting on that promise was difficult, but God was faithful. Then, we waited on children and God promised us a little boy. We endured 2 miscarriages, but God was faithful. Now we have a little son. I didn’t plan to be a first time father at age 39. I had hoped for marriage, a large family and a fruitful ministry earlier in life, but God’s plan was different than mine. Nevertheless, He has been faithful. The waiting has enriched my life with greater treasures found in the darkness of dreaming.
Now, we hope for a house of our own, we desire
more children. I have career and ministry goals that burn within me but are yet to be realized. All of these things are tied to promises God has given me.
With each step, we sometimes stumble, but we do not waver in our faith as we press towards the goal of the high call in Christ Jesus. Though we long for the fulfillment of our dreams, we fix our eyes on what is eternal, our home in heaven, “the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:10).
God is faithful and He will do it (I Thessalonians 5:14). He will do all He has promised. That’s a promise. When you’re waiting on a promise, you have to rest in the Promise that He is faithful. It’s a promise on a promise.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” -II Corinthians 5:7