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When God gives you a promise…

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It was one year ago today that I wrote down on a purple index card a personal promise God gave to me. “I will restore your appetite.”

Three hundred and sixty-five days have passed since I first received the assurance from God that one day food will taste good to my palate. It has been years since I have truly enjoyed food. Thanks to dysfunction in my gut there are more foods that upset my stomach and leave me feeling ill than there are foods I can comfortably eat. As a result, I’ve lost my appetite for almost every food. Even old favorites have lost their appeal.

I must have been praying over this very dilemma exactly a year ago when God stilled my appetite anxieties with a message of assurance that it will return. God made the delivery of this promise so clear that I put it in writing and even underlined the final word, “appetite,” then dated it and signed it, “GOD.”

Upon receiving the assurance of appetite restoration I anticipated God would quickly fulfill it. I imagined that in short order I would be out ordering food at restaurants and enjoying meals with family and friends. I put my faith in God’s vow and wholeheartedly believed that “He who promised is faithful.”

But a year has passed and my appetite is as lousy as ever. In fact, I can eat fewer foods than I could a year ago and even those aren’t very appealing.

Since God made a promise but has yet to change my condition, does this mean He never really gave me the promise in the first place? Was it actually the enemy whispering lies into my ear? Or, worse yet, could it be that God did make the promise but since has gone back on His promise? Or did He never intended to fulfill it at all?

Now is the time when the rubber of faith meets the road of real life.

If my belief in God comes with a specific time frame I don’t have true belief. God is not a genie in a bottle. He does not fulfill His promises at the snap of my finger or work according to my clock. God fulfills His plans according to a whole different standard of time all together – perfectly holy time.

Since God has yet to fulfill His promise to restore my appetite I have a choice to make. I can turn my back on Him in impatience and lament that He let me down.

Or I can boldly reaffirm my faith in God’s perfect timing and declare with confidence that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)God is rarely early and never late. Just because He has yet to fulfill His promise dose not mean He will not bring it to completion.

God is most certainly going to fulfill His promise and restore my appetite! He even has the day, hour and second planned when my taste buds will turn a corner and my gut will cry out for one of its favorite foods. God knows the very first meal I will eat on that splendid day when my appetite is renewed and reborn. It will be a miraculous moment and it is coming! I know it is because God told me it is. And God never gives a word He doesn’t have plans to fulfill. He is flawless in faithfulness and always true to His vows.

Even when God’s promise tarries, keep waiting for it with hopeful expectation. God will deliver it according to His perfect timing and, when it arrives, it will bless your socks off!

5 replies
  1. Chris
    Chris says:

    God bless you Stephanie. Spurgeon said Something very close to this, he doesn’t make a promise just to get you to do something with the intention of letting you down. He’s already seen it happen (being outside of time) and is telling you it will be, it’s just in his timing that concerns more than what we know.
    I too am a recipient of a promise and look really forward to it as you do. I hope it’s happened for you already… but if it hadn’t it’s coming like a train.

    • Stephanie
      Stephanie says:

      Chris, thank you so much for your encouragement and sharing that quote from Spurgeon. And what a lovely thought that is – that God already sees the fulfillment of our promises! Hallelujah! It is such a comfort to remember that God makes every promise in accordance with His perfect providence.
      God bless you!

      • Chris
        Chris says:

        Hi Stephanie, and just one more thing. If you look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDLNeZrL1Tw

        This is Pastor Duane Miller. This is an audio video of a man who was in a deep pit. His situation was hopeless. His being pulled out of the pit was caught on tape. The pastor in the video is just your run of the mill guys, he’s no “faith healer”. Just the opposite, he’s a humble and nice guy in Texas who believes in healing etc but it was certainly not central at all to him. He lost his voice for 3 years exactly after a virus. As a preacher… it impacted his ministry terribly and he literally went to commit suicide 2 days before his deliverance from his “pit”. Obviously it didn’t happen by the grace of God…
        But I’ve looked right into his story and found it amazing and comforting in seeing God moving in an amazing way.
        This video is just the meaty bit, but his little story is easy enough to find if you look.
        The reason I feel to give this to you is because I don’t know if your life feels like it’s “in a pit”. This is God delivering from the pit. So if you are, here you can know God can do it by what you hear.

        • Stephanie
          Stephanie says:

          Wow! Thank you for pointing me to Pastor Duane and his amazing testimony. What a wonderful reminder of God’s ability to heal, even after years of suffering. It makes me think of 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”


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