God Will Guard Your Promise in Dark Times

by | May 11, 2010 | Blogs, Fire in My Bones

Many people today feel overwhelmed by negative
circumstances. But you can be sure the Lord has an amazing plan to carry you
through.

Long ago God promised He would send the Messiah
through the lineage of King David. Yet there was a time in Judah’s history when
the royal seed was almost snuffed out.

It happened during the oppressive reign of Queen
Athaliah, a selfish woman who was so power-hungry that she killed her own
grandchildren in an attempt to secure her position. The Bible says in 2 Kings
11:1-3:

“When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her
son was dead, she rose and destroyed all the royal offspring. But Jehosheba,
the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah
and stole him from among the king’s sons who were being put to death, and
placed him and his nurse in the bedroom. So they hid from Athaliah, and he was
not put to death. So he was hidden with her in the house of the Lord six years,
while Athaliah was reigning in the land (NASB).”


“Don’t be dismayed by delay. God knows the beginning and the end. Entrust your promise to the faithful One who will bring it to pass in His perfect timing.”

There was more going on in this story than mere
human conspiracy or palace intrigue. Satanic powers were at work to destroy
God’s promised offspring—and Athaliah was the agent used to carry out
infanticide. Yet at the same time God inspired a selfless woman, Jehosheba—the
wife of the high priest Jehoida—to counter this attack by hiding baby Joash.

The story has a violent but positive ending.
Athaliah’s murderous reign ended with her execution, her Baal idols were
destroyed and Joash was placed on his rightful throne. He carried on the
lineage of David that continued until the time of Christ. God’s promised seed
was not destroyed. A holy remnant was preserved and the young king later led a
campaign to renovate the temple, which had fallen into disrepair during
Athaliah’s regime.

Six years is a long time to hide a baby from a
brutal tyrant. Obviously Jehosheba did not rely on her own cleverness to
conceal the child. God helped her to outwit the enemy.  A model of a true intercessor, Jehosheba was
vigilant, discerning, brave and fiercely determined to see God’s plan
established.

I meet many Christians today who feel that their
spiritual goals and prophetic promises are in serious jeopardy. Some people are
experiencing intense financial stress because of the economic recession; some
who are in ministry feel as if all of hell’s fury has been unleashed on their
churches. Others simply feel physically and spiritually exhausted by
discouraging trends in our country.

We are certainly in a spiritual quagmire. I’ve never
known any period in my lifetime when national and world events were this
unsettling.

Yet I find a lot of comfort in this story of a baby
king who survived a palace conspiracy. It shows me that God—who knew Athaliah
would terrorize Jerusalem for six years—was well able to protect the promised
seed and put him in authority when the evil threat had been moved out of the
way. It also shows me that God is certainly able to carry a faithful remnant of
people through a dark national crisis.

Do you feel as though your promise is under attack?
Does it seem that Athaliah is ready to wipe out your spiritual inheritance? Has
she discouraged you to the point that you are tempted to give up and let her
win?

I encourage you to rise up in faith like Jehosheba
and put your trust in the God who knows the final outcome of the story. What He
has promised He can preserve. You can bravely take hold of your promise like
the apostle Paul, who wrote: “For I know whom I have believed and I am
convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day”
(2 Tim. 1:12).

As an act of faith, you might want to write down
what the Lord has promised you and hide the piece of paper in your Bible. The
enemy will not find it there, no matter how long this challenging season lasts.
Don’t be dismayed by delay. God knows the beginning from the end. Entrust your
promise to the faithful One who will bring it to pass in His perfect timing.

J. Lee Grady served as editor of Charisma for 11 years and is now
contributing editor. He has been ministering in Akure, Nigeria, this past week.

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