Promises are made to be broken.
How often do we hear statements like that? In this world, there are no guarantees. It’s something we’ve all gotten used to. But promises are only broken when they’re made BY the broken.
A Little Back-Story
About three years ago, my life looked pretty glum. My family was crumbling before my eyes, and there was nothing I could do to stop it. My two oldest children were both under the age of two, and I wanted more than anything to be a valued wife and perfect mom. Of course, I always came up short. I desperately wanted answers for how to change my life.
I grew up in church, but my faith was shaky. Intimate time with Jesus wasn’t exactly at the top of my priority list, and I didn’t crack open my Bible very often. I did occasionally turn K-LOVE on the radio, and when I did, I often heard messages from Proverbs 31 Ministries and wondered about the scripture that inspired their name. One day after folding some laundry, I decided to look it up and give it a try. I cracked open the pages of my very gently-used Bible and began to read. As I did, the tears started flowing and wouldn’t stop.
If you’re not familiar with Proverbs 31, you can read it here.
Why was I crying? Especially these tears. I was reading about this highly valued woman full of wisdom who seemed like the perfect wife and mom, but I wasn’t discouraged. These weren’t hopeless tears. Instead, I felt as though this was my answer. I wished to be highly valued. I wished to be a better wife and mom. I was reading these words that were resounding with something deep in my spirit that I couldn’t explain. In that moment, God was enveloping me in a warm hug of reassurance, and He was preparing me for what was about to happen. I thought He was giving me an answer. If I could be like this woman, I could save my marriage; my life would look like hers. But instead He was giving me a promise.
For more on that experience and what God has revealed to me about that passage since, check out my Heart of a Woman devotional.
A month later, my marriage was over. Absolutely heartbroken and lost, I went back home and began the healing process.
God’s the Real MVP!
Can I just brag on God for a second? Because wow! His glory is evident in my transformation. I used to be the hopeless mom whose first marriage was toxic and ended in disaster. I thought I was worthless and had no purpose in this world. But then He taught me about my REAL identity. Who I am in Him. He gave me a hope and a future. He set my feet on firm foundation and gave my heart more reasons to praise than I can count. Guys, He’s so good.
And He’s not done. I’m not where I’m going to be, but I’m further along than when I started. Can you relate?
I’ve been so blessed with a loving husband who lifts me up and is quick to brag on me to others (even when I don’t deserve it). My children know the Lord and His goodness. And I’m able to stay home with them, something that fills my mommy heart to overflowing. I could go on and on about the ways He’s blessed me, but I know your time is precious.
Some Key Takeaways
Why am I telling you all this? Because it’s important that we all realize:
- God wants to speak to each one of us on a personal level,
- He sees the end as well as the beginning, so He knows what we’re up against before we ever know it’s coming,
- He gives us the strength to overcome any obstacle on the way to His promises, and
- He is faithful to finish what He starts!
…And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed.
Joshua 23:14 (NKJV)
Because of this unfailing truth, we know whatever the Lord speaks to us–whether it be Scriptural or something spoken personally to our spirits–it’s reality.
When God makes a promise, His people don’t have to work to make it happen themselves. If His promises were anything we could bring about on our own, how would God’s glory be revealed in them? His promises are given freely. All we need to do is rest and know He can do all things, just as He gives righteousness freely when we rest on what Jesus did. In fact, righteousness was the first promise made to us. Once it is accepted, all of these other promises are added as a bonus and a testimony to His goodness.
The First Promise: Righteousness
As I said, righteousness is freely given to us when we accept what Jesus did to bring our spirits to life in Him. Out of deep and unfathomable love, God created a way for us all to become heirs who inherit not only righteousness but every other good thing that can be found in Him.
And Jesus wasn’t plan B. He was the only plan from the start. God knew it all along, yet He gave the promise of Jesus to Abraham. Did the promise make it more real? No. It just gave Abraham a glimpse of the glory that was going to unfold. His future wasn’t all blue skies and sunshine. There would be obstacles. But Abraham had a promise to hold on to.
When God placed Proverbs 31 on my heart as an image of what my future life would look like, He already knew who my husband would be. He knew the change that would take place in the lives of my children. He saw my worth, even though I was blind to it at the time, and He called me more precious than rubies. And for the storm I was about to pass through, He graciously extended His knowledge to give me a promise that I could hold onto in the darkness. This was always the plan. Looking back and seeing the truth behind His words to me that day only strengthens my faith in Him. He’s trustworthy. His promises aren’t made to be broken.
Is there a promise that God has laid on your heart? Are you waiting to see it fulfilled?
…He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
He’s not finished with us yet. There will continually be better and better things revealed in us as He takes us from one level of glory to the next. God didn’t bring you this far to leave you. Have faith, and hold onto that promise because the best is yet to come!
Until next time,
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