Do You Think God Makes Idle Promises?
May 21, 2019
“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 MSG
Has God given you a promise? Has He revealed a destiny that seems out of reach? Do you think He made you and then thought, "Well, that would be nice if they could maybe do that - that would be a good possibility?”
Or do you understand that you were created and born FOR that purpose - that the destiny He purposed for you is actually the only thing you were born to do. If you did that and nothing else, He would say, "Well done good and faithful servant."
Years ago, God revealed my ultimate destiny to me. But as time passed, it felt so big, faraway and impossible. Eventually, I took the promise and turned it into a possibility, that maybe if I could be good enough to get there... someday, in my old age... I might see half of it.
Even later, I turned the promise into smaller, more achievable promises and put His stamp of approval on it. I decided that was what He’d meant all along. But at the time He’d revealed it to me, I knew exactly what He meant.
One day, He hit me with, "Do you think I make idle promises?"
Since then, He's been working to help me realize my identity. But so has Satan. They're sort of fighting over me. Every girl's dream (kidding). Even so, God fights to reveal to me who I currently am in Him, not who I just might be someday. And when I gave up on myself in past, He never did. Stealthily, He continued his work in me to the point I look back and can't believe He had the grace to do such work in me when I wasn't even focused on racing after Him.
What's more interesting is that when I wasn't giving Him my all, my full focus, my love for him continued to grow. I think that comes from the very fact I knew I wasn't being very faithful... but I continued to see His faithfulness. I realize now He actually centered my life in Him as much as he was able even without my help. He didn't leave me alone. He made me obsessed with Him despite myself. He wooed me until He'd won me, and when He won me, it was forever. Now, I think about him and I cry. I try to talk about Him sometimes and find myself speechless in all He is.
If you really stole a moment to look at your life, many would see a similar pattern. Perhaps you haven't given Him all you should, but when you look deep down, He was continuing to pursue you. He wouldn't let you forget Him. Moreover, no matter how distracted you became, His promise to you was not idle. And if you are not yet aware of His plans for you, assume they’re at least twice as big as you imagine.
Then, do both Him and yourself a favor and just give in. Believe in the promise. Throw over the distractions of this world and give Him your all - all the free time you have, all the heart you have, all the strength you think you possess of yourself, all the counterfeit dreams. Lay it all down before Him. Ask Him to guide and use you, to up your training regime so you can pass into the higher calling He desires for you. In a phrase, just say yes… and do it with every fiber of your being.
“Now may the God of peace… equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.” Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV
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