Promise: a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act.
It comes from God. It accomplishes His will. It changes the world.
Receiving the promise requires nothing. Obtaining it requires much.
Abraham was given a few of them in his lifetime and the common thread among all of them was the call to action that accompanied them. God spoke to Abraham: “Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” Genesis 13:17
Sometimes we have to keep the promise within eyesight. He’d gone too long without a reminder. This was Gods loving way of saying, “Hey Bud! Don’t be lazy. Snap out of your complacency and actively move the ball forward.” You’ve got your promise, so here’s the plan: do something today that gets you one step closer to it.
Promises require action, even if the action is to simply "be." Go, walk (Genesis 13:17) Rise up (Ezra 10:4) Take heart (Matthew 9:22) Be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9) Be fruitful and Multiply (Genesis 35:11) Be still and know (Psalm 46:10)
It takes action to get to it, go through it and hold to it.
Let us not confuse action with effort. When God made Abraham a promise, it didn’t just plop in his lap. He had to be obedient, allow God to work on him, experience relationship with God, endure testing and trials and the list goes on. It’s funny how we all want the end results, but not necessarily the pain and hustle of getting there.
I’m just going to be honest: I have a few promises that God has given me and some of them I don’t even like! Yup. I just said that. It’s not what I would've picked. Sometimes I wonder why on earth I am pursuing something I never asked for. But, oh the journey! Wouldn’t trade it for anything. The lessons have been rich. The love that surrounds what God calls us to is a force to be reckoned with. The purpose that has emerged from the pain of the pursuit has left me speechless (which is a very, very hard thing to do). The refining that was once uninvited has become so precious to me.
I would dare to say that the Abraham who was given a promise from God was a changed man by the time he obtained the promise. He had to understand what it took to possess a promise from God.
He had to understand that the promises of God aren’t earned, they are given.
Effort can't get us there. Effort can’t keep us there. We can only receive through surrender.
It's not about what we produce, but what we reproduce. The more we give God, the more He gives us. And we somehow find ourselves in a place we never knew we wanted and we never want to leave.
So…GO, WALK toward your promise. Keep it within eyesight (you’ll need the reminders that it’s worth it). Just remember, what He gives you won’t be nearly as beautiful as what He takes away.