They were desperate. Their funds had been depleted and their hopes for keeping the ministry alive had been dashed. They had prayed, but God had not answered. What were they going to do?
Not surprisingly, they were heart-broken and despondent. So much blood, sweat and tears had been poured into this ministry through many years, and by many servants of the Lord. Evidently God’s blessing had been snatched away from them and their work.
So they began the process of shutting down the ministry. Nevertheless, a few painful days later, they received the glorious news that a promise had been made from thousands of miles away, that their financial needs would be met in full by a stranger! Needless to say their weeping was replaced with rejoicing!
Though the money would take several days to reach their account, they eagerly began to make preparations to reopen the ministry. But even before the money arrived, a word from the Lord came. One of the ministry leaders received a soul-searching revelation he was to share with the entire ministry team.
“Brothers, God has shown me that we have committed a grievous sin. We prayed to God to meet our needs. But when we didn’t see Him answer, we lost our faith and our joy. Yet, just because a person thousands of miles away, a stranger we did not know, promised us the funds we needed, we rejoiced! We believed the promise of a stranger, and we trusted him to be faithful to his word. But a promise is only as good as the one who makes it.”
“Now then, we have a Heavenly Father and a Good Shepherd, who we know to be totally faithful and true. He is no stranger to us, and He has on so many occasions provided for our every need. And though He has made so many promises to us in His Word, He has never failed to keep even the smallest one of them.”
“How it grieves the gracious heart of our faithful Savior, that we would believe in and rejoice in the promise of a stranger from thousands of miles away, and yet not trust and rejoice in Him? Has He not promised, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’? Has He not proved Himself faithful countless times in that promise, ‘He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it’? Surely the promises of God are infinitely more trustworthy than the promises of man!”
These leaders humbly received this word from the Lord and repented of their sins of unbelief. Now, will this story compel me to do the same? After all, His promises and His faithfulness always have, and always will prove worthy of regular and radical trust in Him! A promise is as good as the One who makes it.