Trusting God for the Timing of His Promises

November 13, 2012 | Tags: , ,

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent a message by his disciples and asked Him, “Are You the One who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind see, the lame walk, those with skin diseases are healed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news. And if anyone is not offended because of Me, he is blessed.”

Matthew 11:2-6

John the Baptist had a very special and unique role in directly preparing the way for the coming Messiah. He fulfilled the prophecy spoken by Isaiah, “a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord” (John 1:23). However, John the Baptist did not get to see the complete fulfillment of Jesus’ plan of redemption at the cross. Only six months after John began his ministry, he was beheaded.

Before John was killed, he asked if Jesus was going to fulfill the expectations of the OT prophets to redeem Israel at that time. After all, that redemption of Israel from the political rule of the Romans was what the Jews expected from the Messiah–to be the king in the same order as David. But Jesus had a more encompassing promise–to be the Redeemer of all humanity. The Jews were not wrong on what they expected from the Messiah–a Ruler and King. It just wasn’t God’s timing to complete it at Jesus’ first coming. It will be completed at Jesus’ second coming.

I go back to this passage of Scripture over and over again when I get confused or discouraged about promises yet to be fulfilled. He reminds me every single time to trust Him and that His timing for all promises is perfect. “For every one of God’s promises is ‘Yes’ in Him” (2 Cor. 1:20).

In Christ, He will fulfill every single promise in Scripture. It is not a matter of “will He?” but “when.” That is where our faith comes in. Do you trust Me? Jesus said that anyone who is not offended because of Him is blessed. We may feel disappointed at times when we believed deliverance would come from something we’ve been praying for and it hasn’t yet. But Jesus says, “Don’t feel offended by the way I work it out. Just trust Me, and you will be blessed.”

Trust God for the timing of His promises. I know none of us in Christ will be disappointed when He fulfills them.

By Courtney Silberman

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