I’ve been praying this same prayer for years now; and yet it remains unanswered, unfulfilled and even seems impossible at times. Were your promises for real? Do you hear me?
Still Waiting, Brandee
Do you often find your name inserted at the end of this prayer? Have you ever felt like God doesn’t hear your prayers or like He isn’t faithful to fulfill His promises?
What promises? Well, here are just a few:
He provides (Phil. 4:19; Matt. 6). Train a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it (Prov. 22:6). Love never fails (1st Cor. 13). He hears the prayers of the righteous (Prov. 15:29; 1st Peter 3:12). Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Ps. 37:4).
Do you feel like you are in a gap between God’s promises and the fulfillment of those promises? Perhaps you’ve been in that gap for years.
Abraham stood in that gap for 25 years. God promised Abraham that He would give him a child from Sarah and multiply his descendants. Well, at nearly 100 years old and 25 years since God’s initial promise, Sarah wasn’t pregnant. It would have been easy to give up hope in God after 25 years of infertility and beyond the age of childbearing, but apart from a few moments of doubting, Abraham and Sarah chose to believe God, even in seemingly impossible circumstances.
Joseph stood in that gap for 13 years. He was 17 years old, the second youngest of all his brothers, when the Lord gave him two visions, both portraying him reigning over the land. Those 13 years of waiting on God to fulfill Joseph’s dreams seemed only to disprove the validity of his dreams all the more. His brothers sold him into slavery, and then once in Egypt as a servant to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph of rape and had him thrown into prison. Yet God was faithful, and at 30 years old, Joseph was appointed to rule alongside Pharaoh in Egypt.
Regardless of the time gap and all the odds against these men, God proved Himself faithful. And these men also proved faithful. They waited on the Lord and believed His promises were an absolute. God was sovereign and wise in it all. I believe God’s Word is infallible and irrevocable. God not only meant what He said, but He is sovereign to fulfill His Word in our lives when we submit to Him.
Today, I encourage you to keep hoping, keep believing, keep trusting, and most importantly, keep praying. You may be in the gap between God’s promises and His fulfillments, but I promise He is faithful even in the gap.
Still Waiting…and Still Believing, Brandee