The Fine Print
Have you ever bought a loan or signed up for an insurance policy?
Even purchases of everyday items come with a tiny warning text attached to them.
Terms and conditions apply.
It basically means that irrespective of what you were promised during the purchase, to truly enjoy the value of the product, you will have to be subject to the terms that the vendor has provided. If you are unaware of the terms or won't obey them, you cannot expect the optimal value from that transaction.
Similarly, the Bible is filled with terms and conditions. Even though God loves unconditionally, His promises are always attached to a condition. When God made a covenant with the children of Israel, He made it clear that He would bless them only if they were subject to his law.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. Psalm 1:1,2
Even in the New Testament, Jesus makes it clear - Seek first God and his kingdom. Only then will we be blessed by the heavenly father. Of course, we can run after the world and garner carnal blessings. But the pleasures of the world are temporal and lead to destruction.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
When God blesses his people, He makes sure there is no sorrow attached to it. Not only will we be blessed, but He also transforms us into a channel of blessing to others. The closer you walk with him, you will find yourself seeking His face more than His hand. The more time we spend with him in prayer and reading the word, we will find ourselves enamored with His person than expecting what his power can provide.
Make the right decision. The promises of God are yes and amen. If you follow his leading and obey his word, He has guaranteed to bless you and lift you up for His glory.
You don't just have to take my word for it. It's in the fine print.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20