So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:7)
One thing I’ve always appreciated about good leaders is their ability to give clear instructions and then provide ample resources to get the job done. The Father practices these great leadership traits with His promises.
When we read His promises throughout the Scriptures we recognize that they are more about accomplishing His will and glorifying Him than they are about serving us. They are commands packaged in the promotion of His pleasure that ultimately benefit us greatly. His promises are often attached to conditions where when we arrange our desires to His wishes, we reap the fruitful harvest in obedience to His sovereign will.
But His promises not only express His directives but provide the recourses to accomplish His will. Think about that for a minute. The God that calls us to do His will also backs it up with the same creative power that formed the universe. We rejoice in the promises of God.
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