“Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled”.- Joshua 21:45
Promises used to be the way I trusted people. If someone told me something and I doubted them, I would make them promise it. That is the only way I would believe they would follow through. It was my personal form of a lie detector. I don’t know how I got to believe that promises were the ultimate form of truth telling but promises equated to swearing before a court of law. I just happened to be the judge, prosecutor and the bailiff making you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
A lot of those promises I held onto like a lifeline were broken. I was constantly let down without so much as a sorry. My one form of telling the truth was used against me by people who wanted me to believe them while they were lying to my face.
Being an adult taught me forgiveness and the cruel realization that as people had hurt me and lied to me, I’ve done the same to other people. I tried my hardest to not break promises but I’m sure I have broken them. I’ve probably broken promises to people who knew how highly I placed promises.
I’ve stopped relying on promises. I’ve learned to just be a woman of my word. If I say something, I mean it. If I say I’m going to do something. I do it. Jesus tells us to let our yes be yes and our no be no. What we say matters.
Just like when God promises us something, He means it. While I’m human and make mistakes and have broken promises, God never has. He is the ultimate promise keeper.
Write it Out
- Do you easily trust people?
- Do you have your own version of a promise?
- How can you start trusting more?
Be still, and know that I am God- Psalm 46:10 // “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
I have patience for people. I am not patient for anything else. I would sooner go to a store and find a similar item I wanted before ordering it online. I’m currently working on changing this habit of mine but I’m making a point. I don’t like waiting. I don’t like waiting for answers or solutions. When situations arise, I turn into Vanilla Ice. If there was a problem, yo I’ll solve it.”
I tackle problems and situations like a linebacker. I come with plan a’s and b’s and through half the alphabet. I come up with these plans, these numerous solutions, in minutes. It’s actually a little terrifying how quickly I have so many potential outcomes. It stresses me out. When there are a lot of options and plans, there is a lot of room to pick the wrong one. Which is a real fear of mine, picking the wrong plan, solution, decision, something. I am afraid of being wrong. I’m working on it.
However, God says something completely opposite of my natural instincts. Throughout the Bible we have story after story of God telling his people to be still. Stories of godly men who retreat and spend time with God in times of hardship instead of rushing to fix the problem. Stories showing me that I need to trust in God and his promises instead of trying to control the situation.
Recently, God showed me how waiting is beneficial and his way. My husband got a new job and his schedule was changing and we needed help with Little Man while I was at work. I started talking to friends and I came up with SO many plans on how to have someone with Little Man. I had plans from A-Z in trying to come up with a solution. None of these plans included asking the person who would end up being the one who hangs out with Little Man. On our date night, hubby suggested grandma. I immediately called her and left her a voicemail. The rest of the night I stressed about all the plans because what if A-Z doesn’t work out and what if hubby’s plan didn’t work out?
Grandma called me back later that night and was thrilled to help us out. What a blessing! She not only would help us with Little Man so we could both work but she was so happy to do it.
If I had just waited and allowed some time to pass, I could have saved myself a lot of stress.
Write it Out!
- Where are you trying to force an issue where God is clearly saying to wait?
- What do you do when you stress out? Try and solve the problem to ask God?