God’s promises are great and glorious. In fact, you could probably say that His promises have been a personal blessing to you. Do you feel like Peter when he said [w]hereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises (II Pet. 1:4)? God’s promises have motivated, directed, sustained, and encouraged us! There’s nothing like knowing that one of those promises have been fulfilled in your life.
All of that being said, there is something very important about God’s promises that I would like to emphasize.
Psalm 145 contains some interesting promises. Verse 18 says [t]he LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. Verse 19 says He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. Verse 20 says[t]he LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
It is great to “grab hold” of these things and hold them firmly by faith. We should. However, it is necessary to recognize that these (and many others within Scripture) are conditional promises.
What’s the condition? We are. These promises become reality when we accept responsibility and take action. Notice that the Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him. . . .in truth. He fulfills the desire of those that fear him (have reverence for Him). He preserves those that love him.
In possessing and experiencing God’s promises, we must not shirk our responsibility! There are consequences for failing to act.
Imagine the alternatives from these verses in Psalms. If action is not taken, doesn’t it seem reasonable that the opposite of what is promised will take place? For instance, if one does not call upon Him, then He is not close or if one does not fear Him, then their desires will not be fulfilled or if one does not love Him, then they will not be preserved.
Perhaps, that seems like a hard or a harsh conclusion to come to. Maybe it’s not that extreme. Sometimes, He graciously and patiently moves on our behalf when we haven’t done what we should.
Truthfully, I don’t want to find out. I hate to think of what I am missing out on simply because I am not doing my part. I want to meet the conditions in order to experience the benefits of the promises!
Loving the Promises, Embracing the Responsibility,