There’s just something about the promises of God that are both exhilarating and discouraging.
Surprised at my choice of words?
Well, have you ever said this: “That sounds too good to be true”?
Then you should know what I mean.
At times, the promises of God SEEM too good to be true; but they ARE TRUE. You see, if not for God, there would be no promise.
But God is God and He’s GOOD and TRUE.
His promises are for whoever will listen to Him and do things His way. Obedience to God brings those things from the impossible, too good to be true realm into the realm of possibility and experience.
See what I mean as you read and meditate on the following scriptures:
“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. The Lord will command the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake. And he will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. The Lord will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways. And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, and if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” Deuteronomy 28:1-14 ESV
Blessed! Highly favored, protected, secure, and even pampered.
“Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:9-10 ESV)
No lack. NO lack. Lack NO GOOD THING.
And these promises are NOT too good to be true.
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
“As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-10 ESV)
Look at the promises again. Notice the part we have to play in seeing the abounding grace of God revealed in our lives. Whoever sows, reaps; sow more, reap more.
Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God…and everything you need will be provided for you.” Matt. 6:33 (paraphrased)
Once again, the words of Jesus seem too good to believe, to fathom, to comprehend.
But they are true. They are true for you, for me; for anyone who seeks first God’s kingdom.
God’s promise of provision. True and good!