When I became a Christian I never realised that I was someone to whom God could speak about the future. I thought, perhaps one day, many years down the line as I got to know God better I might become that kind of person - but the idea of hearing from God was always a 'future' thing to me back then, not a 'now' thing.
But as I grew as a Christian, from time to time the Holy Spirit would speak to me - sometimes through other Christians and other times directly to me. I was given so many promises, so many words from God from which I stepped back and thought, 'that's impossible.' Some of the promises I was given about the future were very exciting - but they were big promises - ones that would only be possible if the Holy Spirit made them happen.
I love this passage from John 16:13; "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come."
It's amazing today to be able to look back on the things that were foretold years ago over my life and see them happening right now. There are too many different words from God and prophecies to go into - some have already come true in their entirety, whilst others are partially fulfilled and being played out in real-time in the real world. It is so exhilarating to look back and see God's faithfulness in the past and the realities of the Holy Spirit today.
Reading about these things in a short blog article however can give the illusion that seeing promises fulfilled has been a straight path - a simple 1+1=2 formula. It has not been that way for the majority of them - there have been many ups and downs on the road, times of doubts and times of hardships. We often look at the promises of God and want them to come to pass, before our very eyes, right now. And some of them do - but not all. Often God gives us the promise at the beginning, then takes us on a journey to make us ready to receive it.
If every promise of God came true instantly and immediately, we would miss out on so much essential growth in our relationships with God and people. There is a great song by Bethel Music called Take Courage and part of the lyrics say,
‘Take courage my heart, stay steadfast my soul,
He’s in the waiting, He’s in the waiting.
Hold onto your hope, as your triumph unfolds,
He’s never failing, He’s never failing.’
The waiting is the important part. What God promises you will happen - if you are ready and willing to step into it when the time comes. Are you listening to the Holy Spirit? It's the Holy Spirit that lets us know when the time has come.
But in the waiting, God is there. He is in control and He will never fail us, even when all seems lost. Even if it looks like the fulfilment of a promise has become impossible, hold tight to the word He has given you. And if you haven't heard from God, have you asked him? Ask God what He has for you in the now and in the future. Dream big dreams and pursue them, because there's nothing like looking back on the incredible journey God has taken you on and seeing his faithfulness, year upon year.