2. The Pain of Promise

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  The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient – 2 Peter 3:9

Almost every Christian I know has a personalized promise which they all hold on to very dearly. Do you have a promise from God? I’m not talking of something you conjured up or some scripture you chant mindlessly at church every Sunday. And I’m definitely not talking of something random your Pastor said. I’m talking of a special promise God gave you directly from His lips to your heart.

Promises are great you know. We get very excited when we hear God speak specifically to us about a particular thing. It always feels good to hear that God knows you personally and has great plans for your life. But I’ve found that promises -a great gift from God- can turn into a source of distress in one’s life if not properly managed. As any matured Christian has discovered, promises do not always manifest immediately. It’s almost like waiting is a major part of most of God’s promises. Waiting can be torturous, especially when it’s longer than expected. Sometimes it can be a period of doubt and anguish, but only if we let it.

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1. Heaven’s Testimony

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And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? – Job 1:8

What is heaven’s testimony of you? Have you ever wondered what God says about you when He’s describing and having conversations about you? Does he boast about you like He did of Job? I believe God does think and talk about us to others, and He wants us to be conscious of this. Jesus even urged us in John 5:44 to “try to win praise from the one who alone is God”. Does God praise you?

I used to cringe anytime I imagined God assessing me because I knew I wasn’t doing enough. My output has in no way been commensurate with God’s input in my life. Well, God must have seen my worry because in October 2017 He decided to tell me what He really thinks about me, or at least what He thought.

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