I have a dream of a promise that keeps me going through those days that seem God is being too quiet. I see myself with Steve standing behind me on an escalator. In my arms wrapped up in a sling is a toddler from a different world. I look a mess. I'm so tired and I want American food, preferably a cheeseburger. I've flown over 24 hours and the flights probably got delayed so I'm worried my other kids aren't here.
And then I see those faces. And for the first time ALL of my people are on the same continent. We are breathing the air in the same room. I cannot get to them fast enough.
When our feet hit the floor they come at me full force and my arms aren't big enough to hold all of them at once but I try.
Sweet Jesus I will try.
This is his promise, this is my dream. And my God is a promise keeper.
Hebrews 10:23 tells us, "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful."
God is unable to be unfaithful. It is not even possible for him. It's opposite to his very nature.
"God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being , that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and then not fulfill?" Numbers 23:19
Sometimes we as a younger generation of Christian believers forget the idea that our God is the same God who delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. We forget that he parted the Red Sea. We forget that he devastated entire armies to place his children within the promised land of Canaan. We hear these stories and think they are amazing. We are awed by his strength and his power. We stand in wonder at the way he has over and over delivered his people to exactly the right place at exactly the right time. But we fail to realize that we stand as recipients of the same power, strength, blessing and favor because as believers in Christ we are also his children. (Galations 3:26)
Why then do we not ask for them? Why then do we not expect him to DELIVER? I hold fast to the promise of my family because God has placed it within my heart. It was not of my own choosing or power. But my faith in him to have the power to deliver is real and constant because he is a promise keeper.
His power has NOT diminished even though our society has chosen to diminish him.
Everyone of you is facing something you cannot do on your own. I don't have to know the details of your stories to know that. That is the human condition. God is not unaware of who you are or who I am. He knows exactly what giant we are facing and he will come through. Maybe not according to our plans, but according to his. And let's face it our plans are NEVER as great as his. Can you start to have faith that he will deliver on his promises? I will freely admit that my faith is often a moment by moment choice. It is not always easy, but it is always right. I will also admit that I freely question God about his plans for me. Where are we going, what are you up to? Mostly what I get back is the word, "wait." And so I just keep taking one step in faith at a time. I keep reminding myself that God will provide whatever is needed. And sometimes that will literally be at the minute I need it. To expect him to map it all out is simply not going to happen. If he did that, why would we need faith? What kind of servant would we truly become? And I also remind myself that he has done GREAT things for people like David, Noah, Esther, Ruth, and Abraham, right? He didn't love them more. He did not. The bible does not say it! He loves all of his children and therefore shouldn't I trust that he will do GREAT things for me. Shouldn't you trust that he will do GREAT things for you as well?
The same God who was strong enough to deliver his son for the sacrifice still sits on his throne. The same God who was powerful enough to raise Christ from the grave still reigns. And these things are worth remembering. They are worth holding onto when your day is more than you can bear alone.
"...Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5
Now that's promise.