The Word says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8, ESV) God is an “If, Then” God. That means God says, “If you, Then I…” It means you must do something, then God will do something. The funny thing is He gives us the rules! He tells us if we do a certain thing, this is the result we can expect.
In this case, YOU must draw near first, THEN He will draw near to you. Let’s look at Deuteronomy 8:6-9 for another example in the Amplified version of the Bible: 6 “So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and [reverently] fear Him.” Remember, God is an “If, Then” God. If you do something, He will do something. So, there’s the instruction, what YOU must do. You must keep His commandments and reverence Him.
Now here is the response from God, what HE will do. 7 “For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; 8 A land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey; 9 A land in which you shall eat food without shortage and lack nothing in it; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.”
Did you notice the goodness of the things He will do for you, once you do something for Him? He is always like that!
Things not going so well for you? Check your “Fear Factor” — your Fear of the Lord! Are you keeping His commandments and reverencing the Lord as He requires? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom! (Prov. 9:10) — Excerpt from “Spiritual Lightning Rods, Connected to the Father of Lights” by Edie Bayer. For more information, please visit: http://www.KingdomPromoters.org/books_cds.html