“Often we come to a promise in the Word of God and we know it is true in our minds, but we have difficulty believing it to be true in our hearts, and especially we have difficulty believing the promise is true for us.”- Dr. Charles F. Stanley
“The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.”- Lamentations 3:25-26 (NKJV)
Dr. Charles Stanley concludes Chapter 1 of Can You Still Trust God? as he presents one reason we find it difficult to claim God’s promises as true in our lives. Because we don’t fully understand what God seeks to do in our lives. Therefore, Dr. Stanley counsels:
“We must understand that God’s primary purpose in our lives is not to meet our needs but conform us to the likeness of His Son. Many people . . . see God as the wish fulfiller, the One who turns all our dreams into reality, the ultimate fairy godfather, the One who makes all things just the way we desire for them to be. . . . God is not present in our lives to do things our way. He is present in our lives so that we might desire and choose to do things His way.”
However, Dr. Stanley observes, at times we possess a lot more ability to imagine others doing good for us – even total strangers! As a result, we find it hard to imagine God truly pouring out an overwhelming blessing in our lives. Yet, God’s supply is more than ample. It’s of the highest quality!
In conclusion, Dr. Stanley underscores:
“God does not wait for others to initiate the provision for our innermost needs. He assumes a proactive position in meeting our needs. God may use other people in the process, but He creates, orchestrates, and engineers the solution that satisfies.”
Today’s question: Do you struggle to believe a promise in the Word of God is true for you? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Abundance of God’s provision for us”