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 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)
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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.
The Book of Comforts by Hadassah Treu
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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17 Replies to “How to Discover Hope When Promises Are Unfulfilled”
Trusting in Him is the key, Hadassah. Good word, thanks for the encouragement to trust Him fully.
Thanks, Lisa! Yes, trusting God is the key. I am glad the post encouraged you. Blessings to you!
It does boil down to wear our trust lies, Hadassah. Do we trust Him or ourselves? Good word.
Hadassah, Thank you for your post today. It is is important to know God’s promises and also how to respond and have hope for when a promise is unfullfilled.
Thanks a lot, Deborah! I am glad you found the post helpful. Blessings to you, friend!
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.
Thanks so much, Debby! Yes, the love of God is our steady anchor in hard times. Blessings to you!
Such an inspirational post. Encouraging and uplifting.
Thanks so much, Gina! I am happy it inspired you. Blessings to you!
Such insight and patience with your words. Excellent post- thank you for sharing!
Thanks so much, Daphne! I am glad the post spoke to you. Blessings!
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.
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!
Thank you for sharing
You are welcome! I hope the post encouraged you. Blessings!
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!
Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words! Blessings and hugs to you too!