Has God given you a promise?
Are you still waiting to see it fulfilled?
Frustrating isn’t it!
For some reason, God doesn’t seem to appreciate that we are in a hurry.
Have you even questioned if you did hear from God?
We’ve all been there.
This week we are going to talk honestly about unfulfilled promises.
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Thanks so much for this. It is exactly what I needed. I love the reference to Joseph and “the word of the LORD tested” him…The timing of this post would be “spooky” if I didn’t know that God delights in arranging “coincidences”. 🙂
Again, thanks so much. I am encouraged!
Thank you Grant. I am in the midst of waiting on God. He has been so faithful and true through the journey but we have had detours and you’re right, I questioned whether or not this dream in my heart and promise was from God or not, yet there were many blessings and miracles from God that moved this dream forward that told me it is God’s Promise. He led me to many passages in the Bible that also spoke to me concerning this. I had chosen many accomplishment dates in my mind and concentrated on them believing it was revelation from God, but those dates would come and go and I knew it wasn’t. I’ve been dreaming about this for about 19 years and my husband and I took steps towards it 6 years ago when God laid the same dream on my husband’s heart and we applied for necessary paperwork to accomplish this for which we’ve been waiting 2 years. I have gone through every emotion you can think of and fight fear and doubt all the time. But I do my best to rely on God and trust Him and keep close to Him everyday through prayer, fellowship alone with Him, song, yours and other “preachers'” teachings and encouragement.
I really needed to hear what you had to say about the wait being a journey and a preparation and training time, because when I look back, I can see exactly that and we are still in the midst of it. I have grown in trust in the Lord so much over the last 2 years and surrending control to Him and so many other things I have learned. It has been hard on me and I feel very weak at times, but I know that God is there. I am learning how to rest right now. I feel like I always have to be doing something or coming up with ideas to resolve obstacles or be perfect enough. There are times like you explained that nothing happens and I don’t hear anything from God and I don’t know what I should be doing.
God is good and it is a comfort to know this happens to so many of God’s children. I really like your reminder that God is our Father and we are His kids. That reminder really comforted me. Thanks Grant. God bless you all.
AMEN! Thanks so much for those wonderful, uplifting words Grant 🙂 Such an important message! As I continue to journey through this ‘singleness’ season (i.e. waiting on the Lord for my future husband), I take great comfort in God’s Word and all His amazing promises. He always has a purpose in taking us through a period of waiting. He sees the bigger picture and wants the very best for His children.
Thank you once again Grant for reminding us of the Lord’s faithfulness and our need to trust and obey. I know in my heart that there will be other single Christians who’ll find your video blog today to be a tremendous encouragement!
I very much enjoy your weekly messages. Insightful and encouraging. God I think is trying to teach me to literally lean on him for everything not just some things. I have a couple situations currently that have me concerned and would appreciate prayers. Thanks and blessings!
Thank you for you message on waiting and Cathy’s message on pulling up roots.
They both mean a lot.
Thanks for these great comments. We are all in a faith journey!
Renae, thanks for making the application for singles. I’d never thought of that. Feel free to pass the video on to other singles or singles groups.
Dr. Mullen, I have been struggling with depression for a number of years now and I really had lost hope because I couldn’t pray anymore. I was really hopeless and I thought it was so rediculous for Christians to ask for things like, “be with me…”. I just couldn’t pray. I thought I was losing my faith, or backsliding or whatever. The only thing I kept was “there is a God”. I said that a lot in my head.
Well, this spring after a second stay in hospital, and change of Meds for the (I don’t know) sixth time, my depression has lifted. I am back to work, and yesterday I felt the urge to pray for a friend’s ministry! What a delight to “feel” drawn to the Spirit again.
Many times I felt like I was in prison in a different country. And I have to admit I question what purpose this could possible serve. Maybe one day I will find out. Maybe not, but still there is a God.
Deanna, it’s normal to feel cut off from God when you’re depressed. I have a video on it here: https://drgrantmullen.com/q-a-forums/why-do-i-feel-so-far-from-god-when-i%E2%80%99m-depressed/
I have lots more information on Christian mental health here:
Hi Grant,good message.35 years ago the Lord told me i would be traveling around the world,i was married and had 6 kids.I just start to laugh i said impossible .
But now i am on my own i am doing it,i am in my 70,but in good health.p.t.l.
He has been good to me.
I have been waiting for 4 years. When I heard you say “7” the first thing I thought was, “Oh no, I hope I don’t have to wait another 3 years.” How I fight discouragement is I visualize myself in a waiting room, like a specialist’s office. This specialist is the very best on the planet and can answer my situation and so because of that I am more than willing to wait. Very few people have the opportunity to see him. I know my name is going to be called and I will go into the office and present my case because I have the appointment. This specialist never fails with the answer nor does he hurry his other clients. The staff will never tell me he can’t see me because he has doublebooked or because he spends far too long with the other clients. So now when people ask me how I am doing I respond, “I’m in God’s waiting room, He’s running a bit behind but I know my turn is coming. Just sitting here waiting for my name to be called.” Be encouraged everyone He has a scheduled appointment with each of us and He is not about to cancel. He is running behind according to our timetables but He will be right on time. So, grab another book and sit back down. Looks like from the other comments Tammy should be up next.
Watching the movie snow walker ….. where the the first nation actress waited for hours for the groundhog to pop up into her trap…. while the pilot pace about… i realize that the good things do come to those who wait and folly to the anxious fool. the ground hog hide was made into the pair of waterproof and durable boots that save the stranded pilot in the high arctic. so wait.
Sometimes its hard to kniow if your wanting something whether or not God will eventually give you that desire or will I struggle for the rest of my life in the wilderness with something else that I really do not enjoy but He wants to use me there and get to the promise land Glorify Him. He reminds me that I am the potter you are the clay. I have been struggling most of my life with Gods calling but He wants to continue to use me there for a variety of reasons. I feel guilty I struggle with being happy or passionate about His will because of anxiety and past experiences and my desire to do something else and do not want to grumble and thank Him often, but still want to cry and fret over the plans now He has for me . I feel tired when I think of all that I have to do but I know He will help me if I do what He wants me to do.
Susan, you need to talk to someone about your situation. God’s will is not usually so awful. You can talk to me at a coaching appointment or find a counsellor in your area.
Thank You for your advice I appreciate you replying to my message I also will consider what you said and pray for you and your families needs. God Bless you!
I think God wants to teach us how to wait…with faith and patience…and that seems to be the hardest thing to do. It takes faith to wait and not take things into our own hands…especially when it deals with other people. (Boy..that’s a good word…waiting with faith and patience. I think I just encouraged myself!) Faith in God…knowing that HE has it in control. After 6+ years and not seeing alot of change…getting discouraged often…resorting to complaining and anger…I am left with only one option…trust in God.
Yes…thank you…this was timely. I can continue to “wait” and trust in Him.
Dear Dr. Grant,
I truly appreciate this week message. I am still waiting and as you can imagine frustrated. That’s why this message is a blessing to me. I appreciate your deligence to deliver God’s word in such a blessing way!
Thank you so much for this. I believe God has spoken very specifically to me a number of times about a certain situation. But it seems that the road I believe God told me I will travel, is closed. I am vacillating between devastation, confusion over whether or not it has been God speaking to me, and standing fast in His promise. Very confusing and trying – so I really appreciate this video.
Lindy, when you are feeling confused and not sure if you heard God right, it’s best to talk it over with a trusted Christian friend, pastor or counsellor. God can speak to you through them to help end your confusion and make sense of it all.
Before we got married, the Lord showed me a vision. My husband (to be) and I were elderly and sitting on the back porch of our house. The first 11 years of our marriage wasn’t great and eventually it fell apart completely. I clung to the vision I had received all those years ago as a promise from God that our marriage would last into old age. God spoke to me – “You are Joseph and I will lay your enemies at your feet.” He has transformed our marriage in the last 6 years and now our children are happy and secure! Whereas before they went through the pain of us nearly getting divorced.
sorry, i am a little slow on the ball here. Susan, i dont know you, but we are EXACTLY the same. i know that God is my potter, and for me, i having trouble with getting past the past experiences and i know it’s holding me back from my dreams that i know God has for me. i cry…alot, because it seems like God isnt hearing me. He has promised to fulfill the desires in my heart which i firmly believe he has given me. yet i feel like he’s taunting me with it. it’s like”God dont you hear…dont you see…..dont you even care?” Funny thing that this was the topic for this week. not only for this week but for the day. i had an audition for the Symphony that day and i totally blew, it seemed the promise of what i have wanted and needed never materialized. this is probably this biggest dream of mine. and in one half hour…..it all goes up in smoke. i have been playing violin for 23 years and viola for 2. this is what i am made to do yet as doors keep closing, i wonder am i on the wrong path. is God even going to grant me this dream? on the 21st the whole sermon at church was even on this topic. eternal perspective. God cares about our growth and what is going to last. our journey as you said Dr. Mullen. the pastor even talked Joseph.about its a hard pill to swallow and accept when what you desire with all your heart never seems to materialize. thank you for this topic. i know for a fact that this is what keeping me down in life all around. this was defiantly something i needed to hear. not a coincidence this was needed for today and that week.
I REALLY LIKED THIS VIDEO . IT CONFIRMS FOR ME THE ” WAITING ” I HAD BEEN DOING SINCE I BELIEVE THE LORD SPOKE TO ME MANY YEARS AGO. HE TOLD ME THAT HE WANTED ME TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY LIFE .
OF COURSE , WITHOUT CONSULTING THE LORD FOR HIS TIME FRAME, I WENT “FULL GUNS AHEAD” AND COMMENCED TO WRITE . HOWEVER, I WOULD WRITE 30 OR 40 PAGES AND THEN LOSE INTEREST. I COULDN’T FIGURE OUT WHY ! IT HAPPENED ABOUT THREE TIMES OVER A TEN YEAR PERIOD.
THEN THE LORD SPOKE TO ME AGAIN, ” NOW, MY CHILD, ARE YOU READY TO LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER ?”
I SHEEPISHLY REPLIED ‘YES’ AS I SAW THE ERRORS OF MY WAY . THE LORD WANTED ME TO ASK HIM FOR A TIMELINE OF WHEN TO BEGIN . HE SAID THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL SPEAK AGAIN TO ME, LETTING ME KNOW WHEN AND WHERE TO BEGIN . THE LORD ALSO SPOKE THROUGH A FRIEND AS WE PRAYED TOGETHER ON ANOTHER OCCASION . THE LORD SAID, ” MY SON, IT IS NOW TIME TO BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY OF WRITING YOUR TESTIMONY OF LOVE THAT MY SON’S NAME WILL BE HONOURED . REMEMBER TO SEEK ME AND I WILL ASSIST YOU THROUGH THE POWER OF MY HOLY SPIRIT .”
GRANT, THIS GAVE ME SUCH PEACE IN MY HEART. I AM PRESENTLY IN THE MIDST OF WRITING MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY FOR HIS GLORY AND NO ONE ELSE’S.
God is absolutely amazing at honouring your wait on Him. Time after time He honoured my patience. It is humbling every time that happens. People say, “Oh Andrei, you just wait, you will see what God has in store for you…”, but I say, He is already showing me. You must not push it though. People that push it their own way, I think miss it or delay it. I just leave it and everyday do the right thing, like serving praying, worhipping Him, and things just happen for me.
God does keep his promises. I was a single Mom for almost 10 years with 2 baby boys and struggled with depression. I deeply grieved the loss of my traditional family unit and the consequences that divorce would have on my children. Raising my boys was a challenge but the Lord’s hand was on us and my church family was with us helping to fill in with appropriate role models and mentors for us. Working and parenting left little energy for dating but I believe the Lord was developing my faith and maturing me for the kind of marriage that He desired for me and the boys. Sometimes I questioned whether He wanted me to marry again but found peace in that also. Well, almost 10 years later I met a wonderful Christian man who I have been married to for 6 yrs. He is a skilled and loving stepfather. It was worth the wait. Trust Him.
Wonderful testimony Lisa, thanks for sharing it.