Pattern and Principles: What comes before a Promise?
The Bible is full of promises, promises to Israel, promise to individuals, promise of obedience, promise of suffering, promise of eternal life either in hell or in heaven, etc. But none of the promises comes without something of the individual or the nation, is to DO.
Unfortunately, in a generation where what tickles our ears are the promises, many in leadership positions, are finding a way, to proclaim the promise with the preceding instruction(s), hence the people have a FALSE sense of God’s promise(s)…and when it doesn’t work the way they expect it to, they blame God, not he wrong information they’ve received.
Let’s take a look at popular examples:
Joshua 1: 8: Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Isaiah 1: 19: If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.
Luke 6: 38: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Romans 8: 28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
The above verses (or quotes) are a select few of the many promises we “claim” without paying attention to what is required of us, before the promise is fulfilled.
God is not human that He would lie, nor repent. He [God] has spoken and His words would NOT return void, but for us to benefit maximally from His promises, we must start to pay attention to what is required of us – mostly Worship and Obedience.
Struggling within ourselves, mixing the promise with human strategies are exactly what God does not want and what frustrates us. He wants us to simply die to ourselves, Abide (and relax) in Him, follow the lead of the Holy Spirit and Obey His written word.
May heaven help us all, on our earthly journey.