When God’s Promises Fail

“I’m standing on the Promises that cannot fail.”

Have you ever sung that old hymn? I haven’t heard it for a long time, but I remember singing it with gusto.

“Standing, standing – Standing on the promises of God my Savior! Standing, standing…….I’m standing on the promises of God!”

I’ve also heard people ‘claim’ God’s promises in the Bible. They ‘claim’ a promise for themselves.

But what happens when we claim God’s promises from the Bible; we stand on them, trust in them and the promises fail?

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10

What if we faithfully tithe and give offerings and yet are left short of funds to pay the rent or mortgage payment when it is due? Has God failed the promise he has given above? Has He failed the test?

When you claim promises of healing and your loved one suffers and dies, what then?

To answer these hard questions, we need to look at our reasons for trusting those promises. Why do you trust God’s promises?

Do you trust in them because you want them to be true? Do you trust in them because you’ve seen God come through on his promises in the past? Do you trust in them because you believe that is what having faith is all about? Do you trust in them because you are afraid not too? Why would you trust in God’s promises?

Think of it this way – why would you trust the word of any person? (After all, God is a person, a divine person, but a person nevertheless.)

Sometimes we trust people because we’ve been given no reason not to. Other times, we trust people because they’ve earned our trust; we have found them to have a trustworthy character. We also usually trust people if we believe they genuinely care about us.

You see, the REASON for trusting in God’s promises needs to be based upon the fact that we trust his character and we trust that he truly does care for us. If we truly trust in his character and his promise seems to have failed, then we can immediately assume that the fault lies not with him, but with our understanding or expectation of the promise.

Job said of God,”Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him.”

The word ‘God’, at its base means ‘good.’ If we cannot trust the character of Him who is the very essence of goodness, truly, we are without hope. I will put my trust – not in His promises alone – but in the goodness of his character and my trust in his love for me, regardless of the circumstances.

If you trust God, why do you trust him?

If you don’t trust God, why not?


6 Comments When God’s Promises Fail

  1. Anonymous

    Thank you Kathleen. I wish this was some story-line from a movie, but it is not. It is currently happening to me. There are times I ask myself, what actually have done terribly wrong, but to be honest, I can’t find an honest answer to that. I have prayed, fasted, praised God, but nothing seems to happen. Most of my friends have either left me or using me for some discussion point. Some weeks ago, I got a letter which was extremely confusing and devastating. And just some months ago, I was doing very well. And now nothing, it’s so painful- this is something I can never wish to happen to my worst enemy.

    Thanks for your encouraging words Kathleen. As long as I am living, I trust God that I would have a different, unique and testimony-worthy story soon. And I would come back here to tell everyone that indeed, the King of kings, He is good, He is God. I have tried volunteering, but can’t do much as I would need to enter some form of transportation which I can’t due to my financial situation. I am still faithful, by God’s grace in church, but may not be able to continue due to the same reason of finances.

    God is still good… At least I am fit, healthy and still have a few people who truly care about me. I actually went into mild depression yesterday and then came across your article- which really helped. Thank you so much.

  2. Anonymous

    I used to trust God… In His Character, in His Promise… I used to hear from Him and count on His Grace for help. And truly, He has been faithful. Well, someone would say after reading my story, He may have stopped being faithful. But I still believe He is. He is faithful and I still trust God.

    I was working in a comfortable place, comfortable job. I needed something bigger, in a bigger city, so I sought His Face for a new job. And it came, before I travelled, I asked God to take it away from me, if it wasn’t His will for me to go there. But he didn’t and I felt it was His will.

    So I proceeded to go to the new city. I gave my first fruit, which was my vow to Him and gave my tithe consistently. Then it started. Three months into the new job, I lost my job. My old place sent me a letter that I was owing them a huge amount of money- money I could have easily paid if I was working. My fiancée, seeing all these, left me. Because of the restrictions I had in working, I couldn’t find work to do. And I had bills to pay, needed to eat, rent. I reached out to my church for assistance, they ignored me. Reached out to churches (because I essentially grew up in the church), I was ignored. Aside for my former Pastor and few friends who helped me, I don’t know where I would have been. I contemplated suicide a couple of times, but couldn’t bring myself to do it, because of my thought for my family and friends. Friends laughed at me, the shame was so much.

    This happened for like 6 months now and it has not improved. I was made homeless when I couldn’t pay my rent and my friend took me in. And right now, I don’t have any money of my own as I type. I went into depression and my mental health suffered.

    I built my trust in God’s word and His character. I still trust God. And despite all these, I still trust Him, still try to leave a Holy life. I know He would remember me one day and I would inspire others with my story. He is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. What He says He will do, He is a miracle working God and by His grace and help, I will hold on to him. And praise Him. He will bring me to a ‘good and expected end’. In Jesus Name, Amen.

    1. Kathleen Krueger

      How it breaks my heart to read your story. I too have made assumptions about “open doors” being his direction because I had asked that he would direct that way. In the process, I have sometimes found him allowing the door to swing open, even while His Spirit within me warned me not to walk through.

      He has not forgotten you any more than he had forgotten Joseph during his 2 years in prison. Serve him by serving the people around you in whatever way you can. If you can’t work, then volunteer your time. Honor the one who has been willing to share their home with you. Read the story of Joseph again, from beginning to end, and follow his example, not to gain God’s favor or deliverance, but simply because God is God. Please do keep in touch. I desire to hear the next chapter in your story.

  3. Anonymous

    I used to trust in his promises. But now i dont. God is a goddamn liar his promises are null and void. He failed to do what he promised. My circumstances are proof that he is a liar and i resent people that teach lies.

    1. Kathleen Krueger

      Thank you for being willing to honestly answer my question. The stories in the Bible of those who trusted in God’s character include circumstances such as being imprisoned, beaten, stoned to death, beheaded, loss of their children, loss of their homes, plagued by disease, public humiliation, rejected by their families, being deserted by their spouse, financial ruin. If we accept the Bible as a record of his faithfulness and character, it apparently teaches us that those who trust in Him should not expect to be exempt from any of these circumstances. There are those who would disagree with that observation and who do teach differently. I do hope you continue to express your frustration and anger to God, for I believe you can expect a response of some kind, if you will listen and watch for it.


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