Has anyone ever broken a promise to you? Have you ever broken one?
I can raise my hand on both counts. A broken promise just plain hurts. Depending on the promise made, who made it, and their relation to you, it can be devastating.
Breaking a promise brings such guilt and shame, it can be hard to forgive yourself.
Thankfully there’s Someone who never, ever breaks a single promise and forgives those of us who have.
What I’m about to tell you is a true story. It really happened and is not make-believe. Trust me, you want to know about this.
One day, shortly after my husband and I had moved into our new home in 2005, I picked up my bible when a small piece of paper slipped out and landed on the floor. I bent over to pick it up. Looking at it, I saw a little scribbled drawing of a house on it.
This looks like our house, I thought.
Standing there holding that 3 x 4-inch scrap of paper, I remembered why it was tucked safely within the pages of my bible.
It would be helpful if you would go with me for a few minutes back to the year 1996. It was mid-morning and my little townhouse rental was quiet as the boys were in school. I began talking, out loud to my Savior, the Lord Jesus.
“Good morning, Lord. Thank you for this day, your love, and your mercies that are new every morning. Father, may I tell You something? Kind of a secret desire of my heart? It’s something that has been there for a long time. Lord, you’ve always been so good to me, and you’ve always met every need I’ve ever had, but Lord, there’s one thing that I don’t have that I’ve wanted ever since I was a little girl.
I don’t mean to make demands on you, Father. I’m not “naming and claiming” anything. I know you are God, and I am your child. I know that you are kind so, I figured it wouldn’t hurt a thing to just tell you about this.
Heavenly Papa, I’d really like to have a house of my own. I’d love it if You would provide one for me. I don’t have the money to buy one for myself, so I’m asking You to provide one for me if it’s in your grace and will. In the precious name above all names, the name of Jesus, Amen.”
Just then, I thought I heard the Lord speak softly to my heart, “I will give you a house, and it will be a blessing to you and a gift to you.”
I answered, “Lord, if this is really You speaking, please tell two other people who I’ve never met the same thing and have them tell me as confirmation. It’s not that I don’t trust You, Lord, it’s just that I sometimes don’t trust myself.”
About two weeks later, I went to my friend Pat’s house and we had a time of prayer together. While I was there, Pat introduced me to her friend Debbie, whom I had never met before. As we were praying, the room became very silent. I opened my eyes, and Debbie was looking at me.
She said, “Lisa, concerning a house, the Lord would have you to know that He is going to give you a house, and it shall be a gift to you. He wants you to know that you can believe Him when He tells you that He’s going to do a thing.”
I was so glad to hear that word of confirmation from Debbie. That was one person giving me confirmation—now I just needed one more.
About two weeks later, as I was getting ready to go to the ladies Bible study that I went to every week, I asked the Lord for one more confirmation regarding the house. I went to the Bible study and there was a guest speaker that morning. I didn’t know Chris, but she shared an amazing testimony about how God had healed her from Scoliosis. She showed us her before and after x-rays and the doctor’s report, and it was absolutely astounding what God had done for her. The fact that her spine was no longer wracked with Scoliosis, no longer contorted out of shape, was so amazing that the doctors who treated her could not explain it.
They called it a medical miracle.
After the study, the ladies there were encouraged to gather into groups of three and pray for one another. Chris happened to be in my group, and she prayed for me. After the prayer had concluded, she looked at me and said, “While we were praying, Lisa, I saw a vision of a house. It was a beautiful house with two pillars in the front, but it wasn’t what the house looked like that was important. What was important was that the glory of God was resting all over this house, and the Lord wants you to know that this house is for you, and it will be a gift to you. Is that significant to you?”
“Yes!” I beamed.
When Chuck and I decided to purchase a house in Colorado Springs, I went out looking at homes one afternoon. When I walked into this brand-new house, it seemed so perfect for us, and I felt peaceful inside of it. I called Chuck on the phone and told him all about it, to which he replied, “Well, darlin’, I think that you are a virtuous, capable woman of God. Proverbs 31 tells me that ‘She considers a field and then buys it.’ You are a Proverbs 31 woman, and I’m going to leave this decision up to you. If you love the house, then I will buy you the house. You won’t have to make one payment on it, because I will give it to you as a gift.”
I had forgotten all about what God had said to me in 1996 until that little piece of paper with the drawing of the house on it fell from my Bible. I took it outside to my front yard and held it up. I looked at it, and then I looked at the front of our house, and they looked the same to me. To this day, my husband has not allowed me to make one single payment on the house, because as he said, it was a gift to me.
The Bible says that hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled it brings a tree of life. When this desire of my heart to have my own house was fulfilled, it felt like a tree of life was growing up within me. I felt special and loved by God and my husband. It made me happy to know that even if I had forgotten a promise that God made to me, He had not forgotten.
My husband and I have had many visitors in this home, and all of them have told us that they felt the peace and love of God here. God kept His promise to me and gave me a gift that brought me so much joy. It was not just the house in and of itself, but the fact that God did not forget me that has blessed me the most.
Friend, rest assured that Jesus can be relied on in every situation. Some of the processes we go through really hurt like the dickens, but Jesus is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
On this you can be sure: He will never forget you or the promises He has made to you.
You are so loved.