The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me – Psalm 18:20.
A promise from GOD is a statement we can depend on with absolute confidence. The promises of GOD in the Bible are numerous and yet each has a condition attached to it that must be fulfilled if we are to reap the blessing harvest promised. I think that is why when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we get into a covenant, an agreement between GOD and His people, in which GOD makes promises to His people and, usually, requires certain conduct from them. Throughout the word of GOD we get to see that God’s promises are never without conditions. Consider the following examples.
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” GOD has promised to give us the desires of our heart but they’re conditioned upon our delighting ourselves in Him and in His character.
Ephesians 6:2 says, “Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise) that it may be well with thee…” Do you know any young people today and things aren’t going well for them? Many times it can be traced back to the violation of this conditional promise.
The promises of GOD are what keeps us going as Christians, the reason we hold on even in tough times. They are the only thing we can take back to GOD when we need Him to come through for us. It is however important that when we find the promises in the word of God, we stop and consider the conditions that may be attached to them. God’s promises and blessings are not ours to enjoy haphazardly and in any way we please while we live the Christian life. It’s as we die to self and learn the character of Christ that we begin to see the rewards of God’s blessing upon our lives.
It’s as we die to self and learn the character of Christ that we begin to see the rewards of God’s blessing upon our lives