Durant won the scoring title this year because he worked hard and put out the effort.
Kentucky wanted a championship, but they couldn’t make their free throws.
Cubbies want a pennant, but their best chance has already passed since the season has now started.
Here are things we want or have wanted:
- to be debt-free
- to live comfortably
- the big house
- to graduate
- a stable marriage and family
How do we get any of these things? We get them through hard work and effort. Infomercials will try to sell you on how to get it all without doing anything. I get emails and offers all the time of how to make thousands while working from the coffee shop or my couch! Often the same is true in our relationship with God. We want all the positives without having to do anything for them.
Right out of the box God expressed to the Israelites that God’s blessing is CONDITIONAL. Yes, I said it. God has conditions. He blesses obedience, honesty, integrity, and devotion. God expresses in these verses that obedience makes them God’s special treasure.
3 Then Moses climbed the mountain to appear before God. The Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “Give these instructions to the family of Jacob; announce it to the descendants of Israel: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. 6 And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.”
Too often we want all of God’s blessing without any payment of obedience or devotion. Everything good is worth the work and the wait. Put in the time.
If we want to have a stable, developed relationship with God it will take effort. Are you willing to do so? Don’t lose out on the glory of a championship because you didn’t do the work from the charity stripe. Don’t give up before you start and think there is no chance.
You can. You should. God will help you.