“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
What do you do when God has given you a promise but things take a turn for the worst? The promise seemed all so clear and carried with it a ray of hope. Where did things go wrong to yield such a grim outcome? You feel that all you can do is cry out to God declaring, “That was not part of the script”!
It is at that time that it is important to remember that with a promise, especially one of great significance, there typically will be a problem to follow. On various accounts in the Bible, a problem followed the release of a promise. Take for instance Joseph, he received a message that his family and others would bow down to him. He had to go to the pit before he was ushered into the palace. There were also the Israelites who were given a promise to be ushered from bondage to a land of promise. They had to go through the Red Sea, wonder around in the desert for 40 years and cross the raging Jordon River before they could enter the land.
If you have not done so yet, write the promise down and declare it out loud day after day. God gives us the promise in advance so that we can fix our eyes and heart on it to carry us through until we cross over onto the other side of the problem. The enemy would like nothing more than to see you loose hope and stop short of seeing that promise become a reality. The key is to continue believing and declaring it until you witness the promise come to fruition. If God said it, He will do it!
Lord, I recognize that with a promise there typically is a problem that will follow. I thank you that the problem is not meant to deter me but to strengthen my spiritual muscles in order that I may be fully equipped to receive the promise when it becomes a reality.