The promise of God is like a mighty ship that cleaves through creation to achieve its goal. Nothing can resist the promise of God. God has made and continues to make many promises to his children and each of these promises has to come true yet we, His children lose faith and hope as we have to wait. We doubt that we will get what we were promised. We think that what we expect from the Lord is only a dream that will never be fulfilled. This is the general state of mind of most devotees. To all of us God says the following:-
“O! Friends, are you lacking in any blessing in your life? Do not be disheartened! Look up to me. No matter how many promises I have made, they are as many “Yes” in me.” (Bible, 2 Corinthians 1:20).
A famous example of God’s promise is as follows – God promised Abraham a son and said He would bless his descendants with the blessing that they would rule many nations. At that time Abraham was 75 years old and his wife had also crossed the child-bearing age so this promise of God was unbelievable to most of the people. And Abraham had to wait for 25 years for the promise (of ruling many nations) to be fulfilled through his son Isaac. The Bible says, “That Abraham did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, (Bible, Romans 4:20-21). 25 years is a long time and all through the years he never doubted that God would fulfil what God had promised and he did not waver in his faith in God. Not only that, Abraham went one step further. He gave glory to God as if he had already received the promise. This is how he showed the strength of his faith. And the Lord did fulfil His promise to Abraham with a son Isaac.
However long it takes, God’s words will come to pass and we should have faith and patience. There is a compelling reason why this is true and that reason is related to how this universe is constructed.
In the beginning there was only an undifferentiated sea of potent nothingness. This nothingness contained everything inside it but at that time nothing had emerged from this nothingness. The first thing that arose was a desire of the Lord to experience Himself and this desire started the process of differentiation and that of creation. The One became two then three and then many. God appointed Kaal to take charge of creation and ordered him to create the entire world from a small portion of God’s being. Kaal did as he was told but he took certain promises from God. He said that for creation to happen, he would have to create ignorance since otherwise each part of creation, knowing its true nature, would merge back in God and creation would soon come to an end. Therefore to keep creation going, deception-untruth, had to be created by Kaal. Kaal also said that he would have to create certain inducements that would attract all the souls into creation as otherwise again creation would not be able to exist for long. Thus inducements were also created for the purpose of deceiving/ seducing the soul so that it may forget the Lord and be attracted to creation instead. Kaal further took a promise from the Lord that the Lord would never directly interfere in the Law of Cause and effect or never directly show himself to the people on earth or show miracles openly since that would again shake the very foundations of creation.
God agreed to Kaal’s conditions so that creation could take place and Kaal carried out all those activities that created this universe. Thus two poles were created. The first one is Kaal, whose job is to keep all the souls engaged in creation through various inducements which are all essentially deceptions, while the other pole is the Lord Himself, who stands for everything opposite. The Lord is the Truth as opposed to the deception that Kaal practices.
This is why the following is said in the scriptures
(1) God does not lie because He is not a man. The Bible, Numbers 23:19 prophesies – “God is not a man that He should lie.”
(2)God does not lie because He is not the devil. The Bible, John 8:44 says, “The Devil was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it.”
(3) God does not lie because He is the Lord and He cannot change. The Bible, Malachi 3:6 has prophesied -“For I am the Lord, I cannot change.”
As can be seen from the above statements from the Holy Bible, God is really our father, who desires us to come to Him through our own free will after seeing through the game that Kaal (the devil) plays. God is also aware that we are living in a delusion created by Kaal. This delusion is extremely powerful and we, His children are taken in and we get into all kinds of difficulties as a result. At such times God helps all those who believe in Him even though they are not able to see Him. To believe without seeing is indeed a difficult thing and worthy of the respect of God. God stands for all the good qualities such as Truth, love and loyalty. He may test our faith but He never lets down His devotees. There is also a grand design that is being fulfilled through all of us – His children and since the time-frame for the fulfilment of the grand design is big, therefore it seems that the promise of God is unfulfilled but we should never doubt that the promise will be fulfilled in the future.
Thus God’s promises carries two things – (1) A better future and (2) A hope for His children. Bible, Jeremiah 29:10-11 prophesied – “The truth is this – you will be in Babylon …But when I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised and bring you home again, you do not know. For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you future and hope.”
God’s promises give us a sign or a reason to hope and believe that something good, successful and better will happen to us in future. Abraham is an example of this above truth when God said, “I have made thee a father of many nations.” Abraham against hope believed in this hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken.(Bible, Romans 4:17-18) Thus the promises of God not only gives us what to hope for but also provides us with faith so that we may believe in that hope even if our hope seems impossible.
Now faith is the substance of things to hope for, the evidence of things not seen. (Bible, Hebrews 11:1)
God’s promises are real but unseen. Like a pregnant woman, you cannot see or tell what is in her womb until she is put to bed and delivers a child, so is the promises of God.
The Apostle Paul revealed “But hope (the promises of God) that is seen is not hope (the promises of God): for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hoper for? (Bible, Romans 8:24)
The promises of God seen is not a promise rather it is the manifestation or the performance of what God had promised. Bible, Luke 1:45 prophesied, “For there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the God.”
There are three steps to Fulfilling God’s Promises.
1. God created each one of us for His glory. Therefore, you can move from a place of desolation into prophetic fulfilment of His destiny for you. Have you ever waited so long for a promise to manifest that you lost hope? The Bible clearly tells us that we don’t live down here on Earth with our sights set only on what is temporal, but we are to have a view of eternity and operate from that perspective. Even in our greatest hour here on Earth, our best is still ahead.
2. God will give us grace to endure what is going on in our temporal world until we come into the fullness of our eternal destiny. But God has a wonderful plan for our temporal existence as well that will flow into our eternal communion with Him. The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” ( Bible, Jeremiah 29:11). God has given us promises for salvation, inheritance and spiritual life on which we can base our future. We discover His plan for our destinies through our covenant relationships with Him. He may reveal His desires to us through an urging or intense desire that He stirs within us. We may also have supernatural encounters with God through His Word, or through dreams, visions, miracles or prophetic words that we receive.
Each time we respond to the Lord in obedience, we see progress in the realization of our earthly purpose. God works all things together for good to position us properly so that His plans can be fulfilled. This process and progression is called prophetic fulfilment.
3. God’s Now Times-In the natural cycle of life, there are seasons, and every one of them has a time frame. Some seasons are filled with desolation, but there is a time when God’s promises are manifested—when desolation ends and prophetic fulfilment begins.
That was the case in one family when 10 years of barrenness came to an end with the birth of the first of our six children. When a time of desolation or wilderness ends and a new season of promise begins, those are God’s now times.
In Daniel 9, we see a biblical example of the end of desolation and the beginning of a season of prophetic fulfilment. When Daniel began reading the prophecies of Jeremiah, Israel had been in captivity in Babylon for 70 years and was still in bondage .
Suddenly, Daniel understood that now was the time for the prophecy to be fulfilled. The 70 years of desolation Jeremiah had prophesied were completed, and the time had come to break out of captivity (Bible, Jeremiah 25:11).
Daniel came to an understanding that the season was changing, and Israel needed to break out of captivity. He turned to God through prayer and supplications and began to deny himself through fasting (Bible, Dan. 9:3).
By doing these things, he reconciled himself with God, as a representative of Israel, and broke out of the season of desolation. This allowed the Israelites to begin to move into their future.
Through His promises to us, God is breaking off desolation personally, corporately and territorially—and hell hates it. Any time you are getting ready to break forth into a new season of prophetic fulfilment, Satan will oppose you and try to keep you in the desolation of the past.
Therefore, Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering for He is faithful that promised. (Bible, Hebrews 13:8, 10:23) If we believe not, yet the abideth faithful: He cannot deny himself. (Bible, II Timothy 2:13) God believes and knows who he is and he cannot deny himself, even if man fails to believe in whom God is. He still abides faithful and as God. God is a promise maker and also a promise fulfiller. He will fulfil every promise of His concerning your life, business, family, ministry etc in Him.