He Watches Over His Word To Perform It
The Word of the Lord came to me saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” I see the rod of the almond (watching) tree. “You have seen well for I am watching over my word to perform it.” Jeremiah 1:11:12
In Palestine the almond tree was the first tree to bud. It was said that the tree never slept and was always watching for the arrival of Spring. That was why some referred to it as the watching tree.
Like the almond tree watching for the arrival of Spring, God watches over your life awaiting the season in which His promises to you will come to pass. Sometimes his promises come forth in our lives without delay and other times His word to us remains dormant for many years, sometimes we wonder if the promise will ever come to pass. Often times once the word is received we will experience trials, hardships, or warfare that seem to present an opposite reality of what it is we have been promised. Such warfare can cause us to lose both heart and hope. Understanding the processes of God as you wait for the fulfillment of what He has promised can help you stay on course for your destiny. In the darkness between God’s promise and it’s fulfillment there are hidden revelations of His nature only seen by hearts positioned in trust. Though you may slay me, yet will I trust you.
Joseph is the perfect illustration of the processes of God in promises delayed. He was given a dream where he was shown that one day he would be in a position of authority over his brothers and even his father’s house. Joseph no doubt felt good about this dream and expected great things for his life. It is easy to understand the confusion and pain he must have felt when his brothers threw him into a pit and then sold him into slavery. If that wasn’t bad enough he was later falsely accused and thrown into jail. It is interesting that the Bible records that God was with Joseph and gave him favor. You can be assured that God is with you in all of your trials and hardships.
Psalm 105 I believe gives us the greatest of insights into God’s process with Joseph. It says, “until the word he had spoken came to pass, the Word of the Lord tested him.”
I wont argue with those who see the delay and all of the contrary evidence to the promise as a test of Joseph’s faith. I am sure his faith was tested. However, I think the word “tested” used here is more in the sense of how steel is tested and formed. It is put into fire until all of the impurities become visible and are separated out and then it is hammered repeatedly until it takes on the form it was designed to be. This was the work the word of God performed in Joseph in his season of delay. It was working out all of his imperfections and forming the character necessary to enable Joseph to carry the weight of authority he would be given. It is the very same process for each of us, sometimes the word to us is delayed in order for it to test us and prepare us for its fulfillment. Though our tests and trials will be unique to our own callings and destinies, God’s delayed words test each of us in accordance with His divine wisdom and mercy. No matter how difficult the process may be, resolve in your heart to trust him.
We are entering a season where many who have been prepared by God’s delayed word will enter into the fullness of the promise. Very soon many of you will know that God has been watching over His word to your life to perform it.
"God I thank you for your plan for my life. I know you are good and I resolve now to trust your processes in my life to bring me to your desired place of destiny. I thank you for working in me to develop the character and virtues I will need to fulfill your purpose for my life. I say yes to all of your plans for my life. I love you."