There’s hardly a day that goes by that we don’t ask God for something.  On what are we basing our faith upon that He will honor our request?  Is it the assurance of our pastor or a parent, relative, or friend?  Or is it based upon what you have read in the Holy Bible about the faithfulness of God to perform His Word?  You know, no matter how much you value the opinion of your friends or family, it doesn’t guarantee they are always right.  But there is one who IS always right, one you can count on no matter what.  No, I’m not talking about your mother-in-law.
   For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.  That’s what is written in Psalm 119:89.  That means if you find it in the Bible, that’s just the way it is, and if you want to argue with God, then that’s your business, but you’re going to lose that argument.  You won’t find God saying, “I think My word is settled, maybe, maybe not, I’ll have to wait and see…”  So, if you’ve prayed about something basing your faith on a promise God made, let me give you a clue about something: if it doesn’t happen, then it isn’t because God didn’t keep His word, it will be because you didn’t meet the conditions of the promise.  What conditions?  That depends on what promise.  On some, the condition is “fear not, believe only”.  On others it may be conditional upon obedience to do a certain thing.  But every promise has God’s guarantee backing it up, providing you do what you are supposed to do.
   Now, having done what the promise requires, are you settled in the knowledge that God keeps His Word?  Are you so settled that you are willing to stake your life on it?  Aahhhh, now we’re getting somewhere.  You see, there is “settled forever”, then there’s “pretty sure”, then there’s “I think so”, then there’s “I hope so”.  You will be in one of those four catagories.  Think of it like this; you’re sick and you read Isaiah 53:5 in the Bible, which says regarding the Lord Jesus “by his stripes ye are healed”.  Now that’s settled in heaven from God’s end, but how about from YOUR end?  Will you believe God, or will you run from doctor to doctor trying to get well?  In my particular case, when I was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I decided then and there to put my life in God’s hands, choosing to believe God’s word to the point I staked my life on it, being fully convinced I was indeed healed by the stripes of Jesus.  No going back to the doctor for me, no treatments, just His promise. 
   I didn’t just HOPE or THINK His word was settled in heaven, I KNEW it was settled, and that was all I needed.  Am I telling you to blindly trust God with your life?  That has to be YOUR decision, and I can’t make it for you.  But tell me, when was the last time God lied?  Is that blind faith?  No, that’s looking into the Word of God with both eyes open, and realizing He is worthy of being trusted!  That decision for me was settled in 1993 and this is 2012.  I’m still here because God’s Word is still here, still settled in heaven, unmovable, unbreakable forever, and I settled it on earth.  How about you?  Is His Word settled forever?  Or are you still thinking about it?  Until you’re settled, you will be like a ship blown about by the wind and waves upon the sea.
   You need to “drop anchor”.  Doing that doesn’t mean you’ll never face fierce attacks from the devil, but you’ll be steadfast and unmovable, no matter what you face in life.
It is written in James 1:2-8: 
Jas 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jas 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Jas 1:4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Jas 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Jas 1:7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
    You have a choice to make: you can get settled in God’s Word, or you can live in constant fear of what’s going to happen next. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.  And that’s the way it is, period.  Stop hoping so, and start KNOWING so.  That really pleases God.  You’ll find life will be a lot easier for you once YOU are settled in trusting Him.