Day 17 // Promises

Read: Exodus 40:34-38, 2 Samuel 7:1-27, Psalm 18:30, 1 Chronicles 22:7-11, Matthew 1:1-17


God does not promise us wealth.

God does not promise us that we will never experience trouble, heartache, or pain.

God does not promise us that we will get everything we ever wanted.

But, God does promise us:

  • protection (Psalm 18:30)
  • love (Romans 8:37-39)
  • security (Exodus 15:6-7)
  • freedom (Exodus 6:6-7)
  • peace (Psalm 29:11)
  • comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
  • joy (Psalm 126:1-6)
  • friendship (Psalm 25:12-15)
  • rest (Psalm 62:1-12)

I know it’s hard for many of us to believe a promise because we’ve had our hearts broken from promises unkept. We’ve been cheated on, lied to, undermined, and misinterpreted. We aren’t in a place to trust because we are so broken and insecure. But, we have to try. Because if we don’t, we will always have a heart that is divided.

Throughout this study, we have been learning the ways of the Lord based on this Scripture:

 
Teach me your way, Oh LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.
— Psalm 86:11
 

As we begin the last week of our prayer study, we have to believe that God’s way is perfect, and all of His promises prove true (Psalm 18:30). Every time we doubt this truth, we will find ourselves stuck in our faith. I’m tired of living stuck, aren’t you?

The definition of a promise is an assurance that something will happen, an expectation for something to come. Expectations are tricky. When we put too much expectation on ourselves or other people, we can easily become disappointed, discouraged, and depressed when those expectations are not fulfilled. Unmet expectations can often lead to broken hearts.

But, when we wait with anxious expectation on God (Psalm 37:7), we wait in hope that His promises will be fulfilled. Just as God’s love never fails, His promises are never broken.

Here’s the catch though. (There’s always a catch, isn’t there?!)

Sometimes God’s promises are “No, not right now.”

David desperately wanted to build God a temple, but God told him no (2 Samuel 7:9-11). But then He promised David that a temple would be built by his son.  

 
When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
— 2 Samuel 9:12-13
 

Even though God told David no, He still promised David His love, protection, and legacy. Psalm 30 applies directly to the promise God made David in 2 Samuel and is David’s way of admitting that God’s ways are perfect, not his own. If David had been a man who acted upon his own accord, that temple would have been built in his lifetime and consequences would have happened. But, David was a man after God’s own heart, and he went to Nathan, a prophet, for guidance on that decision. After he heard God’s response, instead of being disappointed, he was overcome with joy and prays this prayer to God:

 
Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.
— 2 Samuel 7:27-29
 

Whatever prayer you have been praying the last three weeks, know that it might be answered differently than you expected. Prayer is all about submitting our lives to a God greater than ourselves. Trust that He is with you and will never break His promises. Pursue a heart undivided by believing in God’s promises of protection, love, security, freedom, peace, comfort, joy, friendship, and rest.


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