Do I Overthink God’s Promises?

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There are times of tension when texting someone else, you see the ellipsis and you sometimes create ideas of what the other person is writing, you tend to wait “patiently” for them to respond. When they respond their message can alter the conversation, enhance it or be completely misinterpreted. 

If that is you, you have spoken to God in your quiet time and He has begun to reveal secrets/promises to you and they literally change, increase and somehow get misunderstood then you’re reading the correct post. I’m talking about that tension of hearing God’s Promises spoken to you and then you let that sink into your reality. 

It’s in this post where I want to walk through something I am currently thinking about; how much have I overthought the Promises God has given me? Did God tell me something so simple and then I altered and enhanced what He has said in light of the things I can see currently? Because nothing at present matches up to what He told me, did I then completely misinterpret what He said because of my insecurities? Oh “trust in the Lord, and don’t depend on your own understanding” where did that go? I spent a whole season learning that, and I’m back to square one. Not the same square one because this is a new level where I’m going to need a deeper level of trust in God now. But square one sucks. Cause now I feel silly.  Helpless… but really it’s a new opportunity to work on trusting God.

Follow me through this post as I am exploring overthinking and its disadvantages especially as it’s something I am currently walking through and processing at the same time. This post isn’t going to give you a three stage method on how to keep your mind from overthinking. Let’s agree that it’s a process. But what is is going to work through is keeping our motives, minds and hearts clear from adding things onto what the Lord has spoken to us already. 

One thing I have learned in the past four years of being away from the UK is getting real honest with myself which can lead down to a pretty dangerous path if I’m not careful but it is something that should be done with caution. I have learned that I get to really see my strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT analysis) in an area outside of my familiar UK stomping ground. Being honest with myself, I have seen that those weaknesses aren’t a big as I think, those insecurities, those lines I rehearse, ‘I’m not good enough,’ ‘I’m this…’ ‘I’m that…’ trying to talk myself down, will be no help to me when me God gives me a Promise. Thankfully, He doesn’t wait for us to get out of a “low point” to start speaking. He speaks to us and we have a choice to believe past what we see but we have to be honest with ourselves though. He speaks to us and sends us encouragement in varying forms but we have to pay attention to the things that seem insignificant. Being able to reflect and have that talk with yourself can help you see where you have decorated the Promise with more of your words than what God says. 

Using God’s word as a crutch to remind us in the stickier situations is perhaps the best use in your life. Look at Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Manoah’s Wife, Sarah for example, each had responded in different ways to the callings on their life that was bigger than them. Even Moses & Sarah’s outright denial of what God spoke to them didn’t mean God give up on them. 

Let’s hone that in. God has revealed to you His plans and promises for your life (Jer 29:11) that you have yet to see in all areas of your life and you are excited for them to happen.

It’s in the waiting period, I speak for myself now, I have had too much time on my hands that I think a thought and dive into that thought with another thought and so forth… very Inception-like. Did God say that I’ll be financially stable? “That will only happen if I have such and such job though.” Did He tell me the desires of my heart will be answered in ways I haven’t imagined? “I must go to certain popular places for that meetup to happen.”

You see, my detailed plans are only as good as I can make them and then I’d need to sustain them. My detailed plans take God out of the centre of my life and relocates Him as a plan ‘B’ if ever a plan. I’d most probably be brave enough to be like, “God can you bless this plan that you have no real part in, please?” Of course, I don’t say this out loud, but it is definitely something I have tried to do with zero results.  Or maybe it is too early for your promise to come into fruition. He is looking for a generation of people who are willing to trust His Word alone and that be enough. 

In the midst of all my thinking, I’ve left God no room to say what He has to say on my condition. What does the Word remind me of what God has said, though? 

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. 

Isaiah 55:11 NKJV

In all honesty, I have allowed Him into my thoughts and questions. I have allowed Him to see my questions and my confusion. I have allowed my thoughts to have no hiding place. But I can only see what is beyond my nose and not the full picture. 

Was it an insecurity that started to grow louder because you assumed it was correct? You tell yourself, you should start writing a diary/journal but you ‘are not a writer’ or you should go an apply for the programme but you ‘don’t have all the qualifications,’ though, your experience and personal statements can all work in your favour… If God has spoken it over you, others have come into agreement with what He has spoken – and it can be “randomly” as well, like people mentioning in passing something you’ve been praying about and you’ve never uttered a word to them – then pay attention to the opportunities around you.

Maybe the Promises have been spoken over you but your current situation is to grow you into that person. So the job you don’t like is teaching you how to serve rather than taking the centre stage. Maybe there are skills you are honing now that those Promises need or maybe the complete opposite where you are unlearning what you have learned in order to be malleable later. 

I have to go back to the drawing board regularly and re-read the things God has spoken to me because, in the daily busyness, I can get sidetracked so easily. The promise God gave to you doesn’t stop with you.  

If I regularly sit at His feet, I get to remind myself of who I am and Whom I belong to. I realise that my mind becomes renewed on the Word at that time. I also use that time to reread what I heard previously from God and I am encouraged again. If He spoke it, and others confirm it, I need to get over myself and go back to basis…but that’s the hard part… what did God originally say? 

Probably the thing that I deny myself entry to because I’ve talked myself out of it. Writing it down all the versions you have in your mind may also point out the point where you got it twisted.

Then the Lord said to me,

“Write my answer plainly on tablets,
so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.
This vision is for a future time.
It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
for it will surely take place.
It will not be delayed.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 NLT

The Promise God gave you needs a plan but you may only get that in stages as your faith starts to deepen or widen or both. It may be that as you write your vision/promise plainly it makes more sense you see it, speak it out and let it sink into your mind. Agree with it. If it is slow in coming, keep speaking it out. Working as God instructed you to.

Overthinking it doesn’t equal production as I have found. What do you need to write down and see daily to keep those promises alive and in their simplest form?

Guard who you tell.

Speak what you know even if your current situation doesn’t align with your promise.

Write it down.

Pray over it.

Pray about it.

If God spoke it, He’ll make sure it’ll accomplish what He set it out to do.

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