Waiting on the Promise
Has the Lord given you a promise?
Maybe you’re holding on tightly to that promise or the many promises you’ve received over the years. Maybe you’ve let the promise go because it’s taken longer than expected. You want to release it and all the pain of waiting for it to become a reality. Or maybe you’re living out the promise. Whatever the case may be, we’ve surrendered ourselves or parts of ourselves to The Lord, trusting that He’s faithful and that He will fulfill His promises to us. But time passes. Days become weeks. Weeks turn into months. And months drift into years. Nothing. Absolutely nothing in sight. Hope begins to fade. And the promise turns into a distant memory. We become discontented, half-heartedly trusting God for the promises we once held close.
Abraham was seventy-five years old when the promise came…
“Then the word of The Lord came to him: ‘This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.’ He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the heavens and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ ” —Genesis 15:4-5
Like our lives, there’s so much to his story. Although scripture tells us that Abraham believed God, ten years later, we see that he and his wife Sarah took matters into their own hands, thus producing a son, Ishmael, through Sarah’s maidservant, Hagar. Thirteen years after Ishmael was born, The Lord appears to a ninety-nine year old Abraham, confirming the very promise He had given to him twenty-four years earlier. That next year, the promise is fulfilled through the birth of Abraham and Sarah’s son, Isaac…twenty-five years later! Can you imagine what that twenty-five years looked like?
Over the years I’ve learned that when God gives us promises, it’s not just about us. Those promises involve other people. When my husband and I started dating, I felt like I knew he was the one from that very first date. Even after breaking up the first time, I never really wavered on that knowing in my spirit. But the circumstances surrounding our breakup, amongst other things, made it really confusing for me. Sure, there was the internal struggle of willingly laying down a relationship that I knew I was supposed to be in, without knowing if or when we’d ever get back together. And even though my story didn’t take as long as Abraham’s did, a lot of times it felt like it. In the course of four years, we broke up twice, the second time being a broken engagement, we got back together, engaged again and finally married. So much happened in that four year period both good and bad. But, thirteen years later, I can honestly say, so much more than I could’ve ever dreamt up has happened in our lives together.
What are you sowing in the season of waiting?
What you sow, you reap. You sow, but then you have to wait. After you’ve waited, you reap a harvest. What are you going to reap? Sometimes you reap good things. Sometimes you reap bad things. I think a lot of times when we’re waiting, we’re not thinking about what we’re sowing in that season. So, while you’re waiting on promises to be fulfilled in your life, what are you going to sow in this season? Remember, what you sow, you will reap. Let’s sow faithfulness, so we can reap the benefits of our faithfulness to Him and the benefits of His faithfulness to us…which is far greater than what we can imagine.
You can’t speed it up or slow it down.
You can’t manufacture it.
The waiting period…it’s torture.
His timing, though…It’s priceless.
God is faithful.
Pray into the promise.
We all make mistakes and miss God in the process.
Don’t disqualify yourself, God hasn’t.
Surrender the broken promise to the Lord.
Allow Him the pleasure of hitting delete.
Let Him reset and refresh the promise.
Pastor Taryn Stine loves serving alongside husband, Pastor David Stine, lead pastor of DC Metro Church, a multi-campus church. Behind the scenes, you’ll find her helping implement strategy and organization. Her passion for women’s ministry birthed DC Sisterhood, where she casts vision for and speaks monthly. She desires to see an army of women, rising up and gathering to worship God. While she enjoys watching HGTV and renovating homes, her main priority comes through family. Pastor David and Taryn have three adventurous boys, Isaac, Josiah and Asher and a sweet little girl, Karis.
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