Has God made you a promise that He hasn’t fulfilled yet? Are you tired of waiting, and thinking He forgot, He cannot fulfill it, or He needs help to fulfill it? Are you tempted to help Him along, any way you can to make it happen? Please don’t!
Maybe, the first thing to do is to be sure that He has indeed made you a promise, and if He has, you have nothing to worry about; He will come through. Scripture clearly says, “He who promised is faithful” (Hebrew 10:23 NIV), and also, “No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV).
Let us remember Abraham and Sarah! God’s promise to give them a son (see Genesis 15:2-5), did not happen soon enough for them; they were worried about their inability to have a baby at their old age (see Genesis 16:1-4), so they devised their own way to help Him fulfill the promise that He had made. The result of their help is with us today; Ishmael, the father of the Muslims, is constantly at war with the Israelites. God being the faithful God that He is, still went ahead and fulfilled what He had promised (see Genesis 21:1-3), and through His faithfulness, you and I have salvation through Christ Jesus (if we believe in Him). Amen!
Taking things into our own hands, or trying to help God will always end in disaster. Let us not break rules and laws and the like to help God out. He will ask for our help should He ever need it, so until then let us wait patiently. God had a dialogue with the prophet Habakkuk about the future of the Israelites, and reassured him this way, “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV).
How encouraging! “If it linger, wait for it.” So let us be fully persuaded that God has power to carry out whatever He promises (see Romans 4:21). In addition, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14). If we believe nothing is too hard for Him, then let’s quit trying to help Him, wait patiently, and trust His wisdom. After all, He created the universe with the Word of His mouth. If we really want to help, this is what we can do to help, “Go and make disciples of all nations…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV).