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By Nicole Kerr

Have you ever had a promise from God that you felt had died? I have. Before I was even married, I prayed for my future children, prayers that they would be followers of God all the days of their lives. So each time I got pregnant, in my heart I laid our child on the altar and dedicated him or her to God. Each time those pregnancies ended in miscarriage.

Each time I lost a baby I felt like God’s promise had died. And each month since as we failed to get pregnant, the promise died again. But the promise hasn’t died. The only thing that has died is my own interpretation of how I believe that promise should be realized in my life – because God’s promises never die.

When I contemplate God’s promises, I think about Abraham from the Bible. God made Abraham a promise, a promise that his descendants would become a great nation. The problem was Abraham didn’t have any descendants, not even one. In his old age Abraham finally had a son, Isaac, the first fruits of the promise. But then God asked Abraham to lay his only son down on an altar as a sacrifice.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love – Isaac – and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

…When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son” (Genesis 22:2, 9-12).

We know now that Abraham didn’t actually have to sacrifice his son, but what gets me is that Abraham didn’t know God would stop him. He put Isaac on the altar with faith that God could raise that promise from the dead if need be because God’s promises never die.

God didn’t want Isaac to become Abraham’s god. The promise was not made for that. We have a habit of taking the promises of God and holding them up higher than the One who made the promises. We can be so focused on what we believe the promise should look like or how it will come to pass that we forget to look at the One who holds us in His hands.

Each month I think, “This would be a good time to start a family.” And each time it doesn’t happen I have to remind myself that God’s ways are not my ways. If you have a promise you are holding on to, don’t lose hope. Remember that God’s ways are not your ways. God is greater than His promises. When it feels like our promise is going to die, we need to give it back to God, knowing that He can bring it back from the dead if He needs to because God’s promises never die.

Nicole-Kerr-authorboxNicole Kerr serves as the Executive Assistant to President Randall A. Bach. She loves working alongside her husband, Aaron, with the youth at Journey Church of the Open Bible, in Urbandale, Iowa, and living the crazy adventure called life.

About The Author

Nicole Kerr

Nicole Kerr received her marketing degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and currently serves as the Executive Assistant to Open Bible President Randall A. Bach. Her family’s mission is to minister to future generations and help them become leaders and people of influence. She and her husband, Aaron, are currently pursuing this mission by working with the youth at Journey Church of the Open Bible in Urbandale, Iowa. Nicole enjoys writing about what GOD is speaking to her as she is being stretched and grown in each season of life.