Have you ever gotten a direct word from God and then had it seem that you had to fight tooth and nail to get what He promised you? I have.
It was my second litter of puppies and their mother’s milk went bad a week and a half after they were born. Needless to say, they were in bad shape. Now this might seem a little strange to you, but God had promised me a strong, healthy litter; not just any litter, but one that would grow up to be a blessing to their owners, their community, and maybe even lead people to Christ. He also promised that for each puppy, there would be a soul won for Christ. Knowing full well ten puppies would equal ten souls, I was not about to give up easily. After all, He promised.
I stood firmly on that promise, for days, even to the point of telling him I was willing to “wrestle the angel” like Jacob did, even if it meant he had to break my hip in the process. Fortunately for me, God is not only faithful, he’s merciful!
By their fourth week, the puppies were back on track and doing well. By ten weeks, you would never know they had had a problem.
Lately, as I look back on this ordeal, I wonder if the time spent with God crying “You promised” would have been better spent not crying, but standing on and quoting the scriptural promise that he is faithful. How much faster might the puppies have mended? Would there have been a second round of fighting for a few of the puppies? I’ll leave that as food for thought with a recommendation: READ YOUR BIBLE. KNOW YOUR BIBLE. QUOTE THE SCRIPTURE.
As for me, I’m chalking this lesson up as a lesson in faith and understanding, knowing full well I’ll probably need the experience later on.
A Few Verses to Stand on When You’ve Gotten a Promise:
“Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.”
“God is not a man that he should lie.”
“I watch over my word to perform it.”
“So God has given us both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.”
©2005 BarbiDarbey – Original Post Date May 23, 2007 – Share Freely – Do Not Sell