The Reason for Promises
“Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass” (Joshua 21.45 NKJV).
God plants seeds of wants and desires into each of us. Though these wants and desires can be twisted and tainted by sin in our lives, the foundation of our passion is rooted to the glory of God. Each seed draws us to the God-ordained promises that make up our unique purpose in life. And as we persistently take the difficult steps towards our promises, God is able to break us and mold us into His personally tailored image of Christ for us. God created this system of “religious commerce” as a means to cultivate a relationship with His children. At first our intentions are selfish, but after a time, our love for our Creator blossoms and He becomes our heart’s desire. However, it still pleases God that we achieve our purpose, and He enjoys connecting our passions with His promises — not because of our perfection or righteousness, but because of His love and faithfulness. In the Book of Joshua, God’s Chosen People finally find rest in their Promise Land, and the Bible says that every “good thing which the LORD has spoken” came to pass. Though the people made mistakes and lost their way a few times, God accomplished His purposes for them. If our intimacy with God is to grow, we will have to seek God’s promises which create the mosaic of our purpose. When we finally reach our Promise Land, our love for our Creator will be so rich and deep that our selfish motives will have transformed into an eagerness to see His glory established in our lives.
“God has condescended by this religious commerce, to bind us to Himself more firmly by means of our wants and our desires.” — Le Maistre de Sacy