Are you currently waiting on a promise to manifest? Does the process seem to be taking forever? Have you taken your eyes off God? Today, I have some encouragement for you! A friend of mine shared a video with me of her sweet baby going after a toy. As I have often said, God speaks to me in what appears to be the mundane. In this short clip, I saw my relationship with God and the process I must go through to get the promises He has made me.
In the video, the mom had the toy in her hand. She didn’t just hand it over to the baby. There was a process he had to go through to get it. Necessary things such as hand eye coordination and his gross motor skills were being developed in the process. The mom didn’t just stick the toy at the opposite end of the room and walk away either. She held the toy in her hand, while encouraging her son to keep coming. She didn’t do the moving for him, but she provided direction. When he followed the voice of his mom, he was able to get to the promise.
This video encouraged me to keep focused on the promise and to listen to His voice. He is there to direct me and if I remain focused on Him, I will get the promise. I hope this video blesses you as much as it blessed me!
The children of Israel missed the purpose of the wilderness. It was meant to perfect them and not destroy them. When they were delivered from slavery, God led them to the wilderness. They weren’t meant to stay there forever, it was in preparation for the promised land. In Deuteronomy 8:2-3, God explains through Moses the purpose of the wilderness. It was to humble them, to test what was in their heart and to see if they would obey God. They weren’t prepared to possess the promise, they had to go through a spiritual detox if you will. The first generation REFUSED to let the wilderness perfect them. They CONSTANTLY complained, lacked faith, refused to obey God, created idols and in many ways flat out rejected God! Time revealed that the real wilderness was in their heart!
If we get the promise when we still have a wilderness heart, the promise will prove to be a curse instead of a blessing. The state of our heart towards God will determine our ability to possess and rightly steward His promises. What has been your response when going through a wilderness season? Do you see it for what it is and praise God for perfecting you and preparing you? Or are you like the children of Israel and constantly complain and refuse to allow God to perform surgery on your wilderness heart? A promise is on the other side of the wilderness, I encourage you to submit to the process!
James 1:2-4 NLT Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
You didn’t hold up your end of the bargain and consequently you delay or nullify the promises.
It’s amazing how we (myself included) are quick to rehearse the promises God made us but don’t follow through on the conditions of the promises. I was reading 1 King 2 which details David’s farewell speech to his son Solomon. David is on his death bed and tells the newly appointed king to keep the commands of the Lord so that the promises that God made will come to pass. David recognized that the promises of the Lord were not automatic. He imparts the keys for success to the newly appointed king. Many of us get excited when we hear the promises of God and rightfully so. However, I want to encourage you to put some feet to your excitement by walking in obedience. What has God promised you? What is He requiring of you for those promises to be fulfilled? Are you walking in obedience?