Ever made a deal with God? “God, if you’ll just do this, I promise…” I’ve done it, but I think it shows our lack of understanding about our relationship with Him.
It’s not that God won’t take you up on your promise. He has plenty of times with plenty of people. But He doesn’t grant the prayer because of what we agree to do or not do. He grants the prayer, because of who we are in Him. As sons and daughters of God, we are recipients of our Daddy’s grace and favor. He gives us good things, because He loves us.
When He grants a request that’s part of a promise, He’s not doing it because of the promise. What could we ever do or not do that would make God’s day easier? Nothing. His will is sovereign. It’s gonna happen whether we participate or not.
He grants the request, because He was going to grant it anyway. We just sweetened the deal for Him. We bargained with God to get Him to do something He was going to do anyway.
Instead of playing “Let’s Make a Deal,” try asking God to do things in your life because of WHO you are (not WHAT you do).