Have you ever had someone make you a promise that you were all excited about, and then they didn't come through on it in the timing they said they would? or at all? How did it make you feel? I assume you were frustrated, disappointed, or even angry with the person, right? Have you received tons of prophecies from man concerning God's promises for you? Has God whispered a promise to you that has yet come to pass? Maybe it's been so long that you've lost hope in receiving the promise, or better yet, you've probably lost hope in God. I'll be the first to admit, unashamedly, that I can relate to struggling with hopelessness and doubting God's promises.
My faith has been derailed by disappointment repeatedly when the promises aren't happening in my timing or in others expectation of when it should happen. As a result, I've placed my hope in my own strength and even others to produce a promise that only God can make happen in His own strength and timing. Silly me. Here's the lesson I have learned about promises and waiting on God.
Sometimes people mishandle God's word by making promises on their level and not His. And when the promise doesn't come through on the level of our expectation, we automatically assume it was God's fault and not mans (including ourselves). When we promise something at our level it has our sense of timing attached to it but when God makes a promise it has His timing attached to it. Very often I've found myself and others going to church with false expectations because we've been told, "If you do this or that at THIS level, you'll get the blessings of God," and quicker, might I add. Perhaps, you've never had someone tell you the blessings will come quickly but you may have believed it on your own. The word says that God's thoughts are "higher than our thoughts" and His ways are "higher than our ways" (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Yes, God is more than able to fulfill His promises but in HIS timing and in HIS way.
When promises are made that don't meet an immediate need, people won't blame the person, minister, church, or the pastor, first, when they don't come through; we blame God. That, my friend, is exactly what the enemy wants us to do. Blame God for failing to keep His word; however, the LORD is good and faithful. Even when a man is not. David wrote in Psalms 138:2, "I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your Word above all Your name". Issues arise when we can't trust in the name of the Lord and who He is because people have mishandled His word. But I'm not asking you to trust in man, I'm admonishing you to trust in God. Trusting God brings life, believing God brings REST. If God made you a promise, remain fully persuaded that what He has promised He will bring to pass. Take the pressure off yourself and man to do what only God can do. Believe me, He can handle it.
Remember This: Not only do I want to remind you of who the Promise Keeper Is but what to do while you're waiting on His promises to unfold in your life; that my friend is to REST- Relinquish Every Situation To God.