Has God ever made a promise to you that you haven’t yet seen come to pass?
Have you ever gone through a season or a situation that you just wanted God to perform an instant miracle instead He’s taking you through a process?
If could be, your child’s salvation.
If could be, the right type of employment.
It could be, getting married or having a baby.
How about creating that prosperous business?
Whatever it is God knows not only the plans He has for you, but the process too.
For me personally, He kept me 6 years in this situation. Fourteen years in that one, and over 20 years in another one. And He’s still keeping me in the situation I’m currently in.
Oftentimes we’re so in a hurry, let’s say for your child to be saved, that we overlook the small victories.
Perhaps they used to fight you to get dressed, and go to church to the point that you just wanted to leave them and go to church in peace.
Now, they’re ready without a fight, and they actually want to go.
Here’s what we do. We say in our hearts, “That’s good but he or she needs to be saved now!”
Many times, we’re not taking the time to recognize what God’s doing in their heart.
I read an article recently about what to do when things don’t go your way, and I loved what the author said.
First, she said, “Don’t underestimate the power of prayer.” I’m telling you that prayer is never the last resort it’s always the first, best resort.
It’s James 5:16 KJV
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
It’s Matthew 18:20 NIV
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
It’s Joshua 23:10 BSB
One of you can put a thousand to flight, because the LORD your God fights for you, just as He promised.
And second, she said, “That God alone can change hearts. While you can’t force someone to change, YOU DO have the responsibility to protect your own heart from anger, disappointment, and bitterness.
Okay, so let’s lean into God’s timetable, whatever that is, and thank Him, out loud, for the small changes that we see.
And your heart will become glad at their transform as it comes.
How long are you willing to wait on the promises of God?
I’m reminded that some of the saints prayed for things they didn’t even see while they were alive, but we see them.
Hebrews 11:38-40 NIV talks about the how many of the apostles and prophets suffered and died without seeing, in their lifetimes, what they were believing for.
38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,
40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
So, God had a plan to involve us who came later; so that only with us would the original faith hall of famers prayers be complete.
Keep trusting God, keep praying and keep leaning into His timeline even if you won’t see it in your lifetime. Trust that God sees the end from the beginning and that your prayers are not in vain.
Today, I heard the Lord say to me, “I kept you in that, I’ll keep you in this!”
And I heard Him asking, “Can you wait on Me?”
My response is, “Yes, Lord.
Holding fast to the promises of God now that’s the Point of Purpose. Be encouraged. See you next time.
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