Why Not Take God At His Word
Why do people go to such effort to limit the measure of love and graciousness of God, to diminish the extravagance of His generosity, or to reduce the unrestrained flow of His provision when He has promised us so much more than we could ever contain, exhaust or perceive? Why do we fear taking the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit at His Word?
How would we be changed if we took the restraints off of our limited perception of God the Father through Jesus Christ and allowed His Words to speak for themselves?
Did God mean what He said? And if He did, what should we faithfully and respectfully expect from Him because of His Word?
In far too many instances, well meaning, but not so truly believing Christians are more comfortable explaining away a hoped for blessing when it does not come to pass immediately or for some extended time, than they are in simply standing with confidence in the Word of God that it will never fail. My Daddy used to say, “Son, your word is your bond. If you say you’re going to do something, come hell or high water you make sure you get it done.” Now, if that is true for mortal men, how much more should we respect and believe the Word of Almighty God?”
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19
There is a great temptation for us in our frail humanity to doubt God and to be less than bold when it comes to trusting Him completely. We are all guilty of that from time to time. How often the momentary circumstances of our days and the things we can see physically war against the things we believe and hope for by faith.
But God has told us in the Scriptures to be aware that there would be such times in our lives. Jesus affirmed that when He said, “In the world you will have tribulations, but…” Don’t stop there. The end of the journey is not tribulation, but He said, “be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”
What that means for us is tied to Jesus’ prayer to the Father when He said, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one…” , John 17:22
Jesus further said to the disciples, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one…” John 17:22
Jesus’ victory is our victory! What He has overcome we have overcome in Him.
Moreover, what God has promised, He will do. What He has said will come to pass will come to pass. What He has said would result from our obedience will result from our obedience.
Here are a few of God’s promises to consider:
“…will receive a hundred-fold now in this time…”
“…do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think.”
“…according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
“…some thirty, some sixty and some a hundred-fold…”
“…all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
“…a blessing there shall not be time enough to receive it.”
“…as far as east is from west…”
“…good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over…”
“…you shall say unto this mountain…and it shall obey you.”
“…can have whatsoever you say.”
“…your sons and your daughters shall prophecy.”
“…young men shall see visions…old men shall dream dreams.”
“…life and that more abundantly.”
“…with His stripes we are healed”
“…a great nation
“…make you the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath.”
“…these blessings shall come upon you and over take you.”
“…blessed in the city.”
“…blessed in the country.”
“…blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.”
“…blessed in your basket and your store.”
“…blessed in your kneading bowl…”
“…blessed…in the fruit of your body…”
What if we truly examined the motives and attitudes of our hearts and earnestly admitted how small minded, judgmental, critical, cynical, easily offended without cause, selfish, self-serving, jealous, envious, and prideful we really are? All of which hinder us from believing that God is as loving gracious and giving and forgiving as He is.
Are we really happy for another brother or sister to get promoted or to be given a gift that we didn’t also get? Are we earnestly glad for another person’s good fortune or do we measure all things against us being just a little bit more superior to others? Do we truly care about those who grieve and do we weep with them in their losses or do we just respond with lip service. Are we really compassionate and zealous for the lost to be saved, for the sick to be healed, for the bound to be delivered, for the sinner to repent and be saved?
Do our hearts beat with the rhythm of God’s heart?
If not, then don’t despair. We can get in rhythm with Heaven’s heart. We can know the joy of the Lord. We can be transformed to the image of Christ. In fact, that is God’s intended purpose and plan for all of us who believe that Jesus is Lord and trust in Him alone for salvation and eternal life.
We have a promise from God that He has begun a good work in us and that He will complete it. It’s His Word.
So, take a deep breath and relax into the arms of the Father who loves you, passionately and cares for every aspect of your life, to bring you into conformity to the nature and character of His dear Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Don’t resist the extravagance of His love; embrace it! Believe it and receive it with joy. When we do, we please Him, because He wants us to have the fullness of all that He has created us to enjoy. It is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom.
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32