Just two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of witnessing the promise of God being fulfilled.
In early April 2019 we were driving home from the funeral of a dear brother when something unexpected happened. Our heart was heavy. Every one of us was fighting back tears. Mundane chatter was being used to numb the pain. Without warning my head turned in the direction of the widow. Then I heard words uttered from my mouth that shocked me.
“You will be married in two years. God will give you laughter.”
I was startled that those words came out of my mouth. Talk about what not to say at a time of grieving. If I could have gathered those words up and tucked them away, I would have. No one in mourning wants that promise! Yet the Holy Spirit had spoken.
The weeping widow did not want to hear that. She was upset with God. My words brought her no comfort.
“God took my husband. Now I am all alone. I loved him. I do not want someone else.”
There was nothing I could say or do to ease her pain. So I kept quiet and allowed her to speak.
One year later I completely forgot about what was said. Thankfully God never forgets. Earlier this year he began showing me what was coming. Earlier this year He gave me a hint of what was to come. In January I dreamt that all the family, in New York, had gathered for a celebration. I didn’t know what it meant but I knew something good was coming this year.
So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the [a]hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.
– Hebrews 10:23 AMPC
Months later we witnessed the unfolding of God’s promise. Our family was privileged to dress up and watch the fulfillment of God’s promise as my cousin Brian Obrien and Kedether Cornish were joined in holy matrimony. From the comfort of our living room we saw the joy of the blushing beautiful bride as she walked down the aisle into the promise of God. He has given beauty for ashes. Laughter for mourning. Strength for fears.
What lesson may you learn? One simple truth.
God is faithful.
He ALWAYS fulfills His promise. Even when we do not have faith to believe. Even when we doubt. God’s word will not fail.
So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
– Isaiah 55:11, Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
I thank God there are some promises that are without conditions. You do not have to labor for the promise. All you need is to enter into his rest. How? Open your heart to receive. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Be obedient. He will do the rest.
Leave the hows and whys to Him. He knows what He is doing.
Ps. Be sure to show Prophet Brian O’Brien’s YouTube Channel some love.