First … Carol has regained something like 50% vision in her right eye! God had told her, from the start, that this would take some time, and guess what? He was right! Praise His Holy Name! Patient endurance wins again! /TP
The Bible is filled with God’s promises.
Some, unconditional: For instance, covenants, which are based on God’s actions, not man’s: Abrahamic, Davidic, Palestinian, and New covenants.
Many more promises, however, are conditional promises: If you will … then I will …
God can speak, personally, to us, to give us a promise. Most of the time, these are unconditional, like, “Because I love you, that’s why.”
Over the years, God has given me specific promises … promises which, especially during those tough, tough times, I have “held on to.”
When circumstances arise, I have “reminded” God of these/this promise … that a certain thing would happen … or would never happen again. The main point I am making is that it is ok to “remind” God of a specific promise that He’s made to you. Scripture is full of times, when, in times of trial, someone would “remind” God of a promise.
God has revealed this to me: It is ok to remind Him. And, here’s why: It’s not to remind Him … for He never forgets (the only thing God forgets is sin which we have repented of). Anyway, the reason it’s ok to remind God of a specific promise is not to remind Him … He wants us to “remind” Him … and here’s why: To let Him know that WE haven’t forgotten His promise! To let Him know that we believed His promise when He gave it, And that we believe His promise now.
It’s important not just for Him to hear this, but for us to hear us saying it.
We must always remember that God’s promises will happen… in God’s time … not ours. That’s the most difficult part of the process. We want it now! It is the process which builds our patience, and our faith.
One of our favorite verses, in fact it is on our personalized mailing labels, is Hebrews 6:15: “And so, when he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”
God help us to have faithful endurance! That’s the real key. That, when we “wait upon the Lord,” yes, sometimes that means to actually “wait.” Wait with patience, building our faith each step of the way.
So, I encourage you to remind God of those specific promises, and remind Him often. Not for His benefit, but for yours. And, always praise Him for those promises, and HIS faithfulness!