Is there something God wants to show you that you are causing to be delayed or hindered from seeing it because you are so tied and committed to your church’s commitments or dedicated to what your leaders want you to do for them or too loyal and devoted to what your family and or friends believe is right for you? And yet, we all often pray the following requests to God.
BUT! Shortly thereafter, we slam the door to our promises because truly, we don’t want what God has or wants for us. We really don’t. We just want whatever pain or hardship we are experiencing to stop. We just want to live a comfortable lifestyle where we can do as we will with no accountability. Therefore, the above pray that many of us recite to God is really just superficial. Just a temporary method to stop the bleeding, and the pain, and to display a pretense to others that God is in what you are doing and experiencing. What hypocrisy! The prayers we cite are so fake because our motives are in the wrong place. For they are not about truly doing things God’s way, but our way.
hard to be obedient
So, what gives? Why do we as servants of God so often fake it? Why is it so hard to do what God says – that is to be obedient? Look, if I try to answer these questions, I’ll be here all day and you still won’t receive a word I say. So, let me not focus on that. Instead, let me draw your attention to something God said to Abraham while he was living in his native country of Chaldea with his family.
Abraham trusted god implicitly
Abraham is a significant figure throughout the Bible and plays an important role in mankind’s tradition and the history of religion. But to truly understand the role Abraham played in human history, we must know some basic background information concerning him.
Abraham was a native of the county of Chaldea to which he was born in the city of Ur. At some point, Abraham had an encounter with God. To which God said the following to Abraham.
God wanted to release something to Abraham. But Abraham had to be a willing vessel and obey what God was requiring him to do. So, let’s explore what God wanted to release to Abraham and how Abraham responded to God’s requirements.
The promise to abrahaM
God made two significant promises to Abraham after telling him to leave his hometown and family and head in the direction God will show him. Now, we need to be mindful here that God did not reveal to Abraham where exactly God was sending him. All God told Abraham at this point was two things. (1) Leave your father’s house and (2) go. That was it.
If Abraham was willing to follow these instructions, God made two promises to Abraham. (Also, see Genesis 12:2-3).
So, we see here, God formed a partnership or an agreement or covenant with Abraham and they each had a part to fulfilled in this relationship. God will do all the things that are listed in promises 1 and 2, but IF and only IF Abraham fulfills his part FIRST. I don’t want you to miss this point. In their relationship,
We have to be mindful of this. Many of God’s promises and or blessings are conditional. Meaning, that God will not fulfill the promises He has made, bless His servants, or answer many of our prayers UNTIL we fulfill our part FIRST.
So, when God instructed Abraham to move from his family, he obeyed although he did not know where God was sending him. (Compare Hebrews 11:8). Abraham trusted God implicitly to guide and direct him. As a result, for several years, Abraham migrated from place to place and lived in tents as he followed the leading of God to the place God was going to eventually show him.
Come See A Land I Will Show YoU
In the New Testament, God’s instruction to Abraham is repeated at Acts chapter 7, in verse 1, where it says
This is a good point to apply Abraham's encounter with God and the promised He made to Abraham to ourselves by asking. What is it that God wants to show you? Have you followed His instructions to see it? If you have not, you must ask yourself why? This is important to ask because remember the opening prayer I mentioned that many of us often recite.
These are things we often say to God to gain something WE WANT. So, often these prayers are about and for us and not about God. We want something from God. In other words, we want God to do His part. But we do not want to commit to doing our part – whatever God requires of us.
And still, yet, we want God to bless us, to answer our prayers, to fulfill His promises He has made to us. And then we are shocked and often get upset with God when He fails to bless us, answer our prayers, or fulfill His promises.
We still want God to show us the promise, or the land that He speaks of regardless if we are willing or do our part or not. What hypocrisy!
The word of the lord
When the LORD God gives a word, it is for the sole purpose to teach, reproof, correct, or train His servants - His Body, so that every member within the Body of Christ may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). For the LORD has given the Body of Christ apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip the Saints for the work of service, to encourage one another, and to build up the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:11).