We live in this tension of already, but not yet. Meaning, as lovers of Jesus, we have promises that we are standing, hoping, and believing for – but that have not come to pass.
Thousands of years ago, God went on a walk with an elderly man. He had the man start counting the stars, and as this man did so, God whispered His promise “you will be the father of many nations.” The irony was not lost on this man whose name changed from Abram to Abraham. He was childless – well past the age of bearing children. And still, it says that Abraham believed. And this God credited to him as righteousness.
We live in a now culture, a culture of immediate gratiﬁcation and microwavable success. We want things now. And that includes the promises spoken by God. But here we are, in this tension of learning how to live and wait. And to live and wait without becoming complacent and bitter. To live and wait, having it be credited it to us as righteousness. Because anything valuable takes time. Abraham and Sarah waited twenty ﬁve years for their promise to become tangible – for Isaac to be born. It is living and waiting. Living and waiting. Living and waiting…
I look at it this way. While I wait for the blossoming fullness of God’s promises coming to pass, I want my roots to be going deep. I want a strong foundation for God to lay His promises upon; I want it to be able to withstand the weight and the presence of His dreams. Because His dreams are weighty. And even though nothing looks as though it is changing on the surface. The underground is full of movement and growth because my roots are ﬁnding the Living Water, water that never leaves me dry.
What pushes my roots deeper into Him – what strengthens my foundation – is time with the living God; getting to know Him for the sake of Him, not using Him for an external need or want. Letting go of the promise, and holding on to Him and Him alone. And from that place of knowing Him, I am standing and believing the promise. I am recounting it, counting the stars.
I will be a woman of righteousness, waiting, believing, and standing with My God. My promises are “yes and amen” in Jesus. It is not if, but when . And that ‘when’ may not take place until I see him face to face and every tear is wiped from my eye, but His promises, whispered over and over again by me, are shouted in heaven – and the answer is yes. I have been renamed. I am a woman who counts the stars. And it is credited to me as righteousness. For those of you with unanswered promises, go and count the stars tonight. Stir up and breathe on old dreams and promises, and take a walk with your living God.
By Carrie Bach, member of Mosaic’s Senior Leadership Team