Because of His Promise

2 Kings 13:23 – 23 But the Lord was gracious to them, had compassion on them, and regarded them, because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not yet destroy them or cast them from His presence.
We are told at an early age that if we “want to get anywhere in life, we must work hard”. This is a philosophy that my wife and I have lived by and it is the philosophy that we have raised our two sons with. Yes, if you want something bad enough, you must be willing to put in the effort and work to attain it. Whether it be at school, at work or in the community, what you desire is available to you if you are willing to work hard enough for it.
I believe that this also applies to our walk with Jesus, with one exception. Yes, the Bible tells us that if our goal is to spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus, we must live a life that honors Him, follows His Word and applies Biblical principles into our daily routine. Today’s passage, however, also reminded me that no matter how hard we work, God is not gracious to us because we deserve it, He is gracious to us because He has promised it. If our goal is Heaven, if we live a life that is pleasing to the Lord, then the Lord promises that He will be gracious and compassionate. He is not just saying it, He promises it.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

 

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