"So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders…" (Acts 14:3 NIV)
In the Bible we can find many encouragements and promises, which follow ‘the law of cause and effect’. They always point to the fact that God wants to cooperate with man. He says: ‘If you do this, I will do that’.
When the will of God happens on earth there are usually two agents. We human beings must do our part – we do the possible. Then God does his part. He does the impossible.
Countless promises in the Bible are following this principle. Jesus says: ‘Come to me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28). Our part is to come to Jesus. His part is to give us rest. In John’s first letter it says: ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ (1 John 1:9). God expects from us that we do our part: confess. Then he does his part. He forgives and cleanses us.
When God has given a promise like these – you can find several in the Bible – he will not act until you have done your part. But when you do your part you will see God’s power released.
Lord help me today to do my part, and in still confidence await the fulfillment of Your promises to me.