How to Discover Hope When Promises Are Unfulfilled

Friend, do you wonder how to discover hope when the seeds of promises are unfulfilled?

Perhaps you waited many months and years for a specific promise to be fulfilled and now you are weary and discouraged. You doubt God’s Word and His promises and you question His faithfulness.

Here is a sneak peek of my guest post at TammyKennigton.com about how to discover hope when promises are unfulfilled.

What can we do to keep our hope when we don’t see God’s promises yet fulfilled in our life?

What Has God Promised?

Before we discuss several steps, we can take to discover hope, let’s clarify what God has promised.

God’s will is reflected in His promises and the Bible has more than 7700 promises. Some of them are specific promises God made to one person or one nation. Even so, the Bible has many promises that apply broadly to all those who follow Him.

Besides that, you may have some personal promises God has made specifically to you through the Holy Spirit.

If, however, you haven’t received such specific, personal promises, it is much wiser and safer to count on God’s promises that have broader application and can be applied in every situation.

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The Difference between Desires and Promises

I have had many struggles in my life with what I thought are unfulfilled personal promises. For example, my husband and I wanted children and struggled with infertility issues for years. I thought God has promised me children, but later on, I realized He never made such a personal promise. God didn’t promise me to give me children, but He promised me I would lack nothing (Psalm 23:1) and that He is all-sufficient.

I had a similar struggle when I lost my husband unexpectedly two years ago. I prayed for healing and salvation and that God would spare his life. However, God didn’t promise me He would keep Thomas alive, but He promised to save him. (He did so by taking my husband into His presence and restoring his health completely). He didn’t promise that I would always have a family and a husband. But He promised to meet all my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

Read the rest of the post and the accompanying prayer at TammyKennington.com and be strengthened and encouraged.

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More Encouragement to Discover Hope

If you need more resources to encourage you and help you discover hope, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry L. Sittser

A Grace Revealed: How God Redeems the Story of Your Life by Jerry L. Sittser

Restoration Year – a 365 Days Devotional by John Eldredge

All Things New by John Eldredge

It’s not supposed to Be This Way by Lisa Terkeurst

The Grief Guidebook: Common Questions, Compassionate Answers, Practical Suggestions by Gary Roe

Grieving the Write Way Journal and Workbook by Gary Roe

Suffering and the Heart of God by Diane Langberg

Hope When Life Unravels: Finding God When It Hurts by Adam Dooley

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Your Turn

Are there God’s promises in your life that are not yet fulfilled? What do you do to recover your hope and keep trusting? If you found this article helpful, share it on social media. Thanks!

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17 Replies to “How to Discover Hope When Promises Are Unfulfilled”

  1. The love of God is what keeps me hopeful when things seem bleak. I know that He loves me – no matter what.

    Thank you for your vulnerability and sharing, Hadassah.

  2. Thank you for this post about how to discover hope when promises are unfulfilled. I always appreciate your perspective and wisdom. You always encourage me and help me to look at things from an eternal point of view, and I’m so grateful.

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! I am very happy the post encouraged you and helped you look at things from an eternal perspective. Blessings to you!

  3. Hadassah, you have truly been through a lot. I give praise to God that you continue to seek Him and trust Him! Sharing your testimony is such a powerful ministry. Hugs!

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