Many Christians get frustrated when God’s promises don’t manifest in their lives, on their timetable. In our high-speed, fast-food, instant-download culture, many people quit before the miracle shows up just because they are tired of waiting.
What are you believing for? What are your highest expectations?
When you begin to feel the pressure to quit, your attitude must be as the Psalmist David who wrote, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved” (Psalm 62:5-6). Since all of your hope and expectation is from Him, determine now that you are willing to wait as long as it takes for His promises to manifest.
The Matthew Henry Commentary states, regarding this Psalm: “David is speaking with a great deal of pleasure, professing his total dependence upon God and he encourages himself and others to never stop waiting upon Him to perform what He has promised.”
When David says, “I shall not be moved”, he is declaring: “I will not allow anything to discourage me nor distract me. I’ll keep on trusting Him until I see with my eyes the fulfillment of what He promised He would do.”
Never stop expecting God to fulfill what He said He would do. You and I can have confidence in God to fulfill His promises. Why would you want to give up if God is the One who promised it?
Since God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19), and He has never broken His word, then why shouldn’t we be willing to wait for Him to fulfill what He has said no matter how long it might take?
Is that your attitude today? Is this the kind of stand that you have taken?
Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; (Deuteronomy 7:9)
I love how the Message Translation says it: “Know this, God, your God is God indeed, a God you can depend upon.” I don’t know what that does for your faith but it certainly energizes mine! In “crazy times” like we’re living in today, when it seems that you can’t depend on anything to be the same anymore, isn’t it awesome that He never changes and that He can be depended upon?
No matter what is happening around you, you can depend on our faithful God. The prophet Isaiah said, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God shall stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8).
Are you that committed today?
NEVER STOP EXPECTING HIM TO FULFILL WHAT HE HAS PROMISED!
Listen to what David said in another Psalm:
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalm 27:13-14)
In other words, “If I didn’t believe it, I would have quit. But because I believe it, I’m willing to stick it out and I will see God do what He said He would do!”
The dictionary defines loyalty as the act of binding yourself to a course of action. It’s the act of being constant. To be constant is to be free from variation and to refuse to become distracted.
It’s being faithful. And Proverbs 28:20 tells us that, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings…” In other words, he’s always seeing the fulfillment of what God promised He would do.
The Holy Spirit told me that 2012 would be a year of fulfillment – a year in which highest expectations would be fulfilled. What have you been desiring for Him to do in your life? Do you truly expect Him to do it? Can you truly say right now that you are committed to wait for it or are you on the verge of giving up?
What does it mean to “expect”? Expect means to possess a strong belief that some event will eventually happen. Expectancy is looking with pleasure and excitement to something taking place.
Positive expectation is the result of having firm evidence that something promised will happen. Our firm evidence is the Word of God and the promises of God. The Apostle Paul encouraged the Corinthian church saying, “All the promises of God in Him are yea and in Him, amen…” (II Corinthians 1:20) Yeameans affirmative and amen means so be it.
“…There has not failed one word of all His good promise…” (I Kings 8:56)
I encourage you today to wait on the Lord. Stay with God and don’t ever give up!
There have been some of God’s promises in my life that I have stood believing for that took 20 years to be fulfilled. You may be thinking, “20 years! I don’t want to wait that long.” But what I realized is that even though it took 20 years to manifest, because I never quit and I continued to wait on God, I have experienced what many people never experience their entire lives.
I have seen God’s goodness and favor in so many miraculous ways. He has given me the opportunity to speak His Word into people’s lives around the world. Because I refused to stop believing in His promises, He has used this ministry to bring truth, life, and hope to people struggling to break free from satan’s bondage.
I know that God is still fulfilling His promises today. And I will continue standing in faith and proclaiming His Word as I wait on our faithful God.
In closing, remember: God is faithful and you can depend on Him to do what He said. My expectation is from God and I am expecting God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life!
P.S. When it looks the darkest, when the pressure to quit intensifies…KEEP STANDING. Satan has fired his best shot and your breakthrough is on the way. Wait on the Lord and refuse to be moved!