Finding favor in an “if” proposition.
Many of us have encountered a church that advocates, “IF you want to be blessed by God, you have to give money to the church.” Many people have given to a church, on this assertion, but giving money to a church does not guarantee blessings from God. If someone gives to a church, but does not honor the dictates of God, God is not obliged to bless him or her. If people give to a church, but the church does not use the monies to advance the message of Christ, no one is blessed by their giving. No one knows of all the “if” propositions that have misled people over the centuries. Countless individuals have lived with regrets because they were duped by an “if” proposition. When propositioned by mankind, “if” is typically a sales pitch that can cost you dearly, and leave you with unfulfilled promises.
However, God poses an “if” proposition that is the contrary. God poses, ”If” you do what He says, you will be blessed—it will not cost you, but rather you will find increase.
…IF you will listen diligently to the voice of the LORD your God, to observe and do all His commandments, which I (Moses) command you this day, then the LORD your God will set you on high above all nations of the earth. Deuteronomy 28:1
God goes on to list all the blessings He will give you, ”if” you observe His commandments. (Deut. 28:1-14) Throughout history, people have left out the two-letter word from their interpretation of God’s commands, assuming God would bless them regardless of their actions. Ignoring ”if” from God’s command has left people to live miserable lives (Deut. 28:15-68). “If” is a word that poses a condition and needs to be given utmost attention when spoken by God, being He is the One who has all power to bless.
To rescue mankind, who twisted God’s offer and wound up in misery, Jesus Christ settled the greatest proposition beginning with “if,” in the history of mankind—which was, ”If” you are God, prove it. Jesus’ false accusers asked Him to prove He was God by saving Himself from the cross (Matthew 27:40). But Jesus waited until after He had been pronounced dead, to prove He was God by rising from the grave (a far greater feat). He proved, indeed, He is God and has all power to perform any impossible request! Jesus died for us (who went against God’s commands) and rose, giving us a new lease on life (see, “A Gift for You”). So, ”if” you have a problem, whatever it may be, look for Jesus and He will turn your problem into favor. No matter what you face in life, ”if” you put your trust in Jesus Christ, you will come out a winner!
“IF you look for Me in earnest, you will find Me when you seek Me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes.” Jeremiah 29:13-14 (NLT)
For more info, read “How to Hear God to Prosper” by VC Edwards.
© VC Edwards 2009