If you are like me sometimes you might wonder if God is still going to bring to pass the things He has promised you. Especially with the climate, we are experiencing now, it is very easy to think that certain things wouldn’t happen for you because the world is going through something that it hasn’t experienced in recent years.
That is understandable, you may still be trying to make sense of what is happening, but you soon have to come to the realization, that whatever God spoke to you, has the ability to materialize, if you believe it no matter the circumstances surrounding the situation. How so? You might ask, let’s talk.
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One of my favorite verses of scripture is found in the book of Numbers. Numbers 23:19 (paraphrased) says—God is not man, so He does not lie, neither is He the son of man, so there is no need for Him to repent. Has He not said, and will He not do? Has He not promised, and will he not bring it to pass? So when doubtful thoughts start slowly creeping into my mind, I remind myself of this passage of scripture.
God can't lie, once He speaks, that thing which He has spoken has no other option than to happen. But we as believers, also have a part to play. We must have faith to receive those very things which God has spoken.
What part does belief have to play in receiving the promise?
For instance, let’s say someone promises you some money, you have to receive that money from the person to have it for your use. Now, what are the ways you can receive the money? Either by providing the person a bank account number or other modes of payment similar to that, or you send someone on your behalf to pick up the money, or you go there yourself. Bottom line is, for the money to leave the Promise maker to the receiver of the promise, a certain exchange has to take place.
With God, that certain exchange is what we call faith (or belief). Hebrews 11:6 says without this certain exchange (faith) it is impossible to please God, those that come to Him must believe that He is, and is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. If you can’t please Him, you can’t receive from Him, the certain things He desires to give you. Luke chapter one, shows us how the angel, Gabriel visited Mary and promised her that she would have a Son, her response to that promise was—“Let it be to me according to your word.” That showed that she had faith; she believed what the angel said to her was possible. In verse 45, her cousin, Elizabeth speaking to her said—“blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told to her from the Lord.”
From this quote, we can see that the gap between the promise being made, and received, is belief. If you believe what God has promised you, regardless of what the situation might look like, it will be fulfilled. In the book of John, a disciple of Jesus, Philip, asked another man, Nathanael, to accompany him to go see Jesus. As soon as Jesus saw Him, He said—“behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit.”
Nathanael quite taken aback by the statement Christ made, asked Him—“how do you know me?” and Jesus answered —“before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” that was all Nathanael needed to hear, he immediately believed Jesus was the son of God. And Jesus was amazed by his reaction and said to him—so you believed just because I said I saw you? You will see greater things.
Because Nathanael believed a statement Jesus made, Jesus declared that he will see so much more. And that is what God requires from us, for us to believe Him when He tells or shows us things. He wants us to have childlike faith, as long as a trusted person promises a child something, they are quick to believe, regardless of if things are falling apart right in front of them, they still trust that the person who made the promise would deliver.
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord is my strength, He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.”
The world around you might look like what is explained in the paragraph above, and that is okay; it does not stop what God has promised you. Maybe He said Anna, you will get a job in a multinational company in 2020, and travel the world. And then the entire world became on standstill, with multinationals laying off their staff and no one traveling anywhere. It looks like God was playing games with you when He made the promise, hold on, keep trusting Him, keep confessing the words He spoke to you, and it will come to pass if you believe.
Maybe he said to Tunde at the start of 2020, you will get married this year, and then Tunde’s girlfriend of four years just ups and leaves, without explanation, Tunde keep your head up, God never fails, maybe she isn't the one who God wants you to do life with. Maybe He said to Ada, you will become a mother very soon, and Ada discovered she was pregnant, got excited, and then suffered a miscarriage, and is now wondering, how can this be? Don’t worry girl, God has your back. He will bless you with double for your trouble, just believe.
I will end with this passage that has been near and dear to me in this season of life, trusting God that the things He has promised me this year will happen, it says—“I would have lost heart unless I had BELIEVED that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13).
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About The Author: Evi Idoghor is a Christian, writer, and content creator on Letstalknationblog.com. She is a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Consumed by her love for writing and desire to effect change, she launched her online platform––Let’s Talk Nation––to tap into her creativity and start meaningful conversations that would make a difference around the world.
Most of her writing has been influenced by her time spent in America, where she lived for about 11 years. Also, she lived in Nigeria and South Korea and currently loves traveling the world while learning about other fascinating cultures. You can find her on all social media platforms with @eviidoghor.