Over my years of ministry – and that is 40+ – I have had the opportunity to speak with people from many, many nations and backgrounds. Often I find the same question or the same sense of confusion when I begin to pray for people. They have received a promise from God and it would appear that nothing has happened. They began with believing God for something He has promised either directly from His Word or it could be something spoken through a prophetic word. As time has gone on it almost feels like God has forgotten them. Often exactly the opposite of what they have been believing for has happened. I am sure you can relate to this. If not right now then there has been a time in the past where this has happened.
God is not a man and He does not lie (Num 23:19). Somewhere between what God has said and the fulfillment of His promise, there is a process that you need to go through. Very few people escape this process and when you understand the process it becomes easier to work with God in producing what you are believing for.
The fulfillment of prophecy has a process
When we look at Genesis 3:15 we see God prophesying the coming of the solution to the fall of man. There was One coming who would crush the head of satan. He would also redeem fallen mankind back to their relationship with their Creator. The Old Testament then records the next 4000 years. These are years of love, conflict, adversity, successes, and sin until the birth of Jesus. Between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament, there are 400 years. During these years God did not speak to His people. He was silent. Think about it for a moment. We struggle when we feel God has been silent for a few weeks. Imagine living in a time when God is silent for 400 years. God was, however, getting ready to fulfill what He spoke in the garden 4000 years prior.
Following His birth, it would take another 33 years before Jesus went to the cross. There once and for all He would deal with the sin problem that started in the garden and redeem mankind back to the Father. The Cross made a spectacle of what satan thought he had been able to accomplish in the garden. Jesus took back the keys of hell and death and the authority that satan took from mankind in the garden. At His resurrection, Jesus took it back and then gave it back to man. When we read the book of Revelation we see that Jesus will fulfill in total the prophecy made by His Father in the garden. Satan will be finally cast into the pit.
God is committed to fulfilling His promises
There was a process that had to take place in the earth before the promise that God gave was fulfilled. Could God have fixed the problem of the fall of mankind then and there? Yes, He could, but He chose to begin the process of redemption and restoration. That would take 4000 years to fulfill. God has made specific promises to you and right now you may be wondering if they will ever be fulfilled. The process of fulfillment is usually difficult and the challenges and giants that you need to face will be many.
One thing I know and I cannot be shaken on is this. God is totally faithful and committed to fulfilling His promises to you. The process that you are going through is part of God’s plan. His plan is to show you His love, His grace, His mercy and His faithfulness in taking care of you – between the giving of the promise and its fulfillment. He wants you to learn to trust Him in the face of impossible situations and circumstances and experience His amazing love in a greater measure.
God’s Word will not return to Him void
Wherever you are in your journey from the giving to the manifestation of the promise I release faith, hope, and courage to believe in His faithfulness. The road may not be easy and there will be mountains and giants you will need to conquer by His grace, but His Word to you today is found in Isaiah 55:10&11 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with My Word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” (emphasis mine)
I bless you today to know that God is working on your behalf to fulfill His promise to you. It may appear that nothing is happening and things may be a whole lot worse since the promise was given, but God is watching over His Word to you. If God can make a promise to all of mankind and then fulfill it 4000 years later in a way that no one expected, He will surely fulfill His Word to you. He is the same yesterday, today and forever and He does not change.