Like summer wild flowers in the veld, God’s promises are scattered throughout the Scriptures. However, they are not there just to add colour and pleasure to our lives like the flowers, but to give us glimpses of His intention – for us and for His world.
His first promise told us how He intended to undo the mess that Adam made when he gave God the thumbs down! To the snake who was responsible for deceiving Eve and enticing Adam, God said, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel” Genesis 3:15.
Strange that His first promise was to the devil and not an encouraging one, to say the least! But it was meant for us as well. God promised that He would send one who would destroy the devil, and set us free from his clutches.
Although God gave promises that relate to every part of our lives; for provision and protection, for help and blessing and for everything we need to live godly lives, His promises are not just about us. Like everything God does for us, in the end it is to glorify Him. That is encouraging because, should He ever fail to honour a promise, it would show Him up, and that He will never do.
But there is something else about His promises that we often forget – many of them come with a condition. “If you do this…I will do that.” Why does God do that? Is it because He doesn’t want us to treat Him like a heavenly “vending machine”? He is our Father. Surely we would not treat our earthly father like that.
As our Abba, He wants us to keep in touch with Him. We sometimes treat Him like a servant. We issue instructions: “Do this…do that,” as though He were unintelligent and needs us to tell Him how to run things. To help us to get the order right, He says, “If you do this…” which means that whether He fulfils His promise or not depends on whether we meet the conditions or not.
But is that fair? Yes it is because God wants us to work with Him, not against Him in doing His will on earth. If He fulfilled His promises regardless of whether we honour Him or not would defeat His purpose of revealing His glory to the whole universe. What sort of God would He be if He mindlessly dished out “sweets” without taking our “health” into account?
So remember, His promises are yours, for His glory!
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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