I never knew the word “then” was so powerful until recently.
God revealed to me how often we put the “cart before the horse” or well, you know what that means. We jump; panic or get ahead of God. And that doesn’t work. At least not with him. Believe me I am a master in the art of “running” past God only to find out the finish line sent me right back to where I started.
HHHHHmmmmmmm who does that sound like? 40 years in the wilderness meant for 11 days?
What do all those verses have in common?
The word “Then.”
Joshua 1: 8 “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Either during the verse or the few verses preceding these are references to the word “then” like “if” or “do.” In other words these are instructions by God; directions or commands for us to follow in order to receive his promises.
Psalms 91 begins with words of encouragement by guiding us into fellowship with God as the Most High; the Almighty, our refuge and fortress. As the writer continues he emphasizes “if we will make the Most High our dwelling then……….”
God is trying to get it into our thick heads we have to do what he wants first to be blessed and rewarded. Throughout the Bible are verses containing his will for us in order for the latter to take place. Why?
God knows what is best for us?
God wants our obedience?
God wants to make us wait? Wait? And wait some more?
It’s amazing what we find out or learn on the way to falling under the Shadow of the Almighty.