“You promised!” Do you remember as a child yelling this at your friend, whining it at your mom or dad, or hissing it at your brother or sister? Kids excel at remembering verbal contracts to split the dessert, be taken on the next trip to the store, or to attend their special event. There’s little room for understanding despite even the worst of circumstances. So they levy their worst accusation at the offender: “You promised!”
Don’t we act the same with God sometimes? We think He promised something to us, but we twisted one of His promises into something that it’s not supposed to be. We get impatient when a promise will take a long time to be fulfilled, and we don’t presently see any of our desired results. And there are times where we just don’t understand His will or promises, and accuse Him of breaking His promises. How can we change our hearts to be trusting God’s promises?
Change a faulty perception of God.
He is not a vending machine. You don’t put in prayer and get what you want. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” God wants us to trust in Him as we wait for Him to fulfill His promises.
Read in His Word that He is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23 ESV encourages, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
Don’t accuse God of breaking promises because you don’t understand a situation.
Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We won’t always understand a situation, especially this side of heaven. Trust Him that He has a plan and He will fulfill His promises. Trusting God’s promises will ultimately not let us down.
Dear God, Thank you so much for your promises. We pray that we will trust Your promises and Your ways as we go through life. May we honor and glorify You as we trust in You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.