Process of a Promise
At times, we may feel small and wonder what good we can do, but “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”
I’ve been sensing an element of disappointment and unsettledness among people. They have almost felt like giving up as the battle has seemed too hard to continue. And it’s not only in the church. People in general are unsettled at the moment.
Winter often causes a restlessness and gloom that no other season does. There is also a spiritual winter that many of us are coming out of. TD Jakes said: “God allows the winter in your life because He knows the spring is following.”
The Process of a Promise: We all make promises and we all receive promises; some of them happen and some of them don’t. But when God makes a promise, the bible says that he is not a man that he should lie. Has he said it; then he will do it!
So why is it that there are things that God has promised, and we have not seen happen? I do not pretend to have all the answers, nor do I expect to answer this question fully today, but I want to put it to you that there is a process to a promise.
The bible is full of promises; Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Noah, Joseph, Moses and the Israelite nation, David, the list goes on. And so today, God has many promises to us as individuals and also as the body of Christ. We often ask why we have not seen the fulfilment of these promises and what has gone wrong.
Let’s turn to Numbers 10:33; God had made a covenant with the Children of Israel; He had led them out of slavery, promised them their own land; He had promised to be with them; and given them His laws and instructions on how to move into the land. Expectations must have been high; excitement and anticipation very real, but just three days into their journey people began to grumble. How quickly they forgot their deliverance from slavery and God’s mighty acts on their behalf.
1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain. [Children of Israel] were on their way to their promise, and frustration and discouragement caused them to doubt God.
The testings of God will always be a part of the process of the promise. It is at these times that we are to encourage each other; to be there for each other. That’s why the bible says we are not to stop meeting together, especially as we see the day of our promise approaching.
Watch our tongues; disappointment, frustration and unsettledness can so easily lead to negative words, which stir up discontent.
Be encouraged! God’s mercies are new every morning. Look for the new things every day. Recount your blessings. Make that extra effort to be a blessing, and before you know it, your attitude will have changed.
Remember we are all in a process, on our way to the promise.