Not fair

Zechariah 6:15 “Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the LORD, and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the LORD your God.”

thats-not-fairBut God, I thought you said ________.  Didn’t you promise ________?  It seems like sometimes God shares with us, His plans for our life.  He gives us a word, a promise, something to stand on.  We are filled with hope and overwhelmed that the God of the universe would reach down and speak to us.  We leave His presence full of life and excited about what He is going to do.  But then we often wait.  We wait for His timing.  We wait for something to happen.  He said He would do this, so why isn’t it happening?  There may be many reasons why, including His perfect timing.  But let me throw out another suggestion that we find in Zechariah 6:15.

“This will happen if you diligently obey the LORD your God.”  What!?  I have to do my part?  We get all excited about the promise, don’t we?  For Zechariah, it was the promise that people from far away will come and build the temple.  That’s really cool.  I like that idea.  But it will happen IF you diligently obey the Lord.  It’s like there’s a condition on the promise.  Now before you say, “that’s not fair” let me tell you about “not fair.”  Not fair is that I sinned, but Jesus died.  Not fair is that God loves me unconditionally but I am fickle.  Not fair is that God makes a promise but I don’t do my part. 

If we are going to live according to His promise, we would do good to obey His commands.  This is a relationship, not a vending machine.  We can’t just put our prayers in the slot and expect a spiritual candy bar to come out.  God desires to have real relationship with us.  Friends, if we are going to live in that relationship, we need to do our part.  And our part is often obedience.  It’s unreasonable to ask God to hold up His side of the relationship and not hold up ours.  We need to obey; we need to surrender.  Maybe the problem isn’t that God is unfair.  Maybe, just maybe… the problem is on our end.

*Is your life marked by obedience to God?  In what areas do you need to do a better job of obeying?

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