Happy New Year! I know I may be a little late with this greeting, but it is still January, so I think I’m still good. I hope that each of you is feeling very hopeful about 2019. I know I am and here is the reason why.
Last year was a very unusual year for me. It was a year of uncertainty in many areas. It was a year that was full of promises but not a year of fulfilled promises.
The year started out with many prophetic words spoken over me. Each one gave me hope, initially. But as the year progressed I felt my hope fading. And each time that it would happen, I would find myself second guessing what I thought I knew and losing hope for what I was expecting.
Proverbs 13:12 warn us about this. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when longing is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.”
Have you ever had a longing in your heart? Something that you desired so desperately that it never left your thoughts? Something that literally affected the way your heart felt? And the longer it took to manifest, the sicker your heart got?
That’s how it was for me in 2018. I tried every way I knew to make happen what was promised to me. I was unsuccessful every time. By the fourth quarter of the year, I didn’t think my heart would survive. I decided to go on a 40-day consecration hoping to receive directions on how to possess what He had already said was mine. For forty days I would wait!
Little did I know, but waiting was the remedy to strengthening my sickened heart. During this time, Holy Spirit reminded me of Psalm 27:13-14, “I would have fainted, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.”
As I daily steeped my faith into Psalm 27, one of my dear spiritual daughters, Daneen Killion, called me out of the blue. She had no idea what I had been wrestling with but she brought a timely word from the Lord. She said, “We need not put undue pressure on the assignment that He has given us. Every assignment requires His help for it to be fulfilled.”
Let me tell you, that word watered my longing heart! I no longer felt like I had to make come to pass what was promised to me. I only had to wait on it! It would show up in God’s timing!
By the end of the year my heart was no longer sick. My hope was restored. I was grateful for two things in particular. Firstly, for the things that He did not allow to work out for me in spite of my relentlessness. Secondly, I was grateful that He waited until the time was right to fulfill the promises that I longed for.
I share this word with you today because I want to encourage you. Like me, you may have cast aside your hope because the promise is taking too long to show up. Don’t give up. Don’t get stressed simply because God’s timing is not coalescing with yours. Just rest in His promise until yours is fulfilled. It will be worth the wait!!!
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