What do you do when your current circumstance display the impossibility of a future promise?

This is a valid question. We are faced with a garden variety of situations where our faith is challenged.

God said that He will provide but my mom’s hospital bill has now ballooned to 3M pesos.
God said that He is the Prince of Peace, but there’s so much conflict in our family today.
God said that if I believe, I will be saved together with my household. But my kids are in bad company and are not walking with God.
God said that He gives wisdom to those that ask, but I have messed up every time I got into a business endeavor.

Luke 1:5-25 narrates to us the story of Zechariah. The Bible says he was righteous, walked blamelessly and obeyed the commandments of the Lord. (1:6). But in spite of that, not every prayer item in their list had been checked off.

It is possible for one to live for God yet not have all his prayers answered. The goal is not the gift but the relationship with the Giver. Our relationship with the Giver is more important than the gift itself.

The Israelite nation hadn’t heard from God in 400 years. It’s been 4 centuries since God has spoken through a prophet. The last one was Malachi. But just because He is quiet, it doesn’t mean He has forgotten. He is faithful to fulfill His promises to His people.

Zechariah asked God how can they have a baby for they were in their old age. God was going to fulfill His promise. He will accomplish all that He said He would. It was just a matter of time. And He doesn’t necessarily reveal everything at one time.

There are things we don’t know, can’t know or won’t even know until the proper time. If God showed us everything He has planned in the next few decades, we might end up stressed, anxious or even fearful.

But at the end of his nine-month ordeal, he finally got it. God will accomplish what He wants to do. In the temple, Zechariah doubted. But after nine months, his faith grew and followed through with God’s instructions to call his son John though Jewish tradition dictated that the firstborn was to be named after his father.

Whatever failure we’ve made in the past, God can surely turn it around, covered by His grace. God can turn the marks of failure into memorials of grace.

As we continue with the Christmas celebrations this December, remember that God is faithful to keep His covenant promise even if we have been filled with unbelief.

Blog Banners.001I really wanted to get a Matchbox. Not the one that starts a fire but one that was similar to Hotwheels (the toy car).

I was in Grade 1 and we were on our way to Baguio. Those days, imported goods such as Matchboxes were only available in stores where they sell PX Goods (Philippine Exchange). This blog will date me as Jurassic but I do have a point.

My uncle promised me that when we get to Dau (Pampanga), he would get me one. I was excited, thrilled and so looking forward to playing with my anticipated gift. I was sitting in the backseat of our green Toyota Corolla smiling. Dreaming of what I would be doing with the yellow, Corvette I was going to receive.

We got to Dau. Everyone bought they needed to buy, visited the rest room, jumped back into the car. In a few minutes we were on route to Baguio. I sat in the backseat toyless, depressed and dejected. Long story short, my uncle forgot.

I didn’t enjoy the whole time we were in Baguio to say the least. I was hallucinating on the thought of playing with what could’ve been my Hotwheels. I could almost feel the wheels run through my fingers. But all those thoughts remained as thoughts. It never turned into reality.

At the end of Joshua’s life, he reminisces on all that God released as a promise for him and for the nation God was building. He recounted every single one of them, concluding with this declaration:

“Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:45)

Our God is also our Heavenly Father. As such, He desires what is best for His kids. The promises He released for each and everyone of us are as good as done. The only issue is timing. Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for everything and a season for every activity in heaven. (Ecc. 3:1) Our thoughts are not His thoughts. Our ways are not like His ways. And our timing may not necessarily the same as our timing.

But this is what we are sure about: God is a Promise Keeper!
What He says, He does.

As you begin this week, may this be the prayer of your heart:

Lord, thank you that I can trust in Your timing. Because You are a Promise Keeper, what You say, You will do. My only prayer is that I will accept the timing of the events You are orchestrating for You are able to cause all things to work together for my good and ultimately for Your glory. May this week be a week to express to You my trust that whatever happens, I am right in the palm of Your hands. You will never leave nor forsake. IN JESUS’ NAME. AMEN.

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