what happens when the things that you thought God was going to do & that thing just didn’t happen?

what do we do with promises that God has made that d0n’t seem to be coming true?

gotta’ be careful here, because it can seem that i’m making God out to be a liar.  and that’s just not the case.  the things that God says He’ll do, He’ll do.  the struggle here is that there are times when His promises seem very far off & we won’t see the result here, in this life.

our world is so built on results & outcomes & bottom line issues.  we’re addicted to making sure our effort is worth the end result.  we want to be sure that we didn’t waste our time doing something that ends up not producing.  this approach can be problematic…

hebrews 11 lists out the “heroes” of the faith & in verse 13 says this: “all these people were still living by faith when they died.  they did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.”

oh…that sounds disappointing.

UNLESS – this…

jack heyford once said this; “Jesus needs to be the sum & substance of our lives”

meaning, if our lives are lived for the end result [how great this thing goes or how big that event is and it doesn’t materialize & land the way we thought it should] we then have a problem.  especially if we reach the end of our lives, looking back at all the things we felt like God was asking us to do & accomplish, and we see empty rooms & broken furniture & unfulfilled promises.

however, if our lives are lived out in the promise of God to use us to HIS end, then no matter what happens; missions accomplished or left undone, buildings built or not, successful events or no…we are able to realize those things were never really about us in the first place; they were about Him & what He wants done in His time.

so a question has to be asked and answered:

are we willing to run into God’s future with the possibility of not seeing the end result [in this life] of promises made?

is it ok to pour our lives into something that much of the rest of the world deems foolish & wasteful.

we will be confronted with choices like this each time we enter the requests of God.


[important caveat: it believe it’s so critical that we [the church] do things with excellence & plan for success.  but there are times when we’re planting the seed, times when we water, other times when we have to weed & some of us even get to harvest]