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Thursday, November 8th, '18

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WHEN, NOT IF

"And when your herds and your flocks multiply..." (Deuteronomy 8:13)

 

In verses 10, 12 and 13 Moses speaks of the blessing and prosperity of the Hebrews in terms of "when", not "if". Being in covenant with a God who cannot fail he counted it a foregone conclusion, "When you have eaten and are full", "When...your silver and your gold is multiplied", "When...all that you have is multiplied". Increase was not an iffy question as seen in Isaiah, "If you be willing and obedient you shall eat the good of the land". There was no "if" with Moses. "You are going into the Promise Land because the God that promised the Promise Land never fails on His promises!" If that is so we too have to adjust our confession. Instead of saying, "If we ever own our own home", start saying, "When we move into our own home!" And say it with gusto. The other confession is self-defeating. "If I ever get out of this two-horse town", "If only I could preach someday", "If I had more money I would..."

 

Faith shouts, "When!" "When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream" (Psalm 126:1). Why be just a dreamer? Be a doer. "When" and "then" converge at the same chronological juncture. "Then was our mouth filled with singing..." (vs 2) You may have to wait a while. In fact, for faith to be tested, hallowed and proved you may have to wait a long while. Still, you confess completion. You speak of finality without consideration of failure. Abraham "considered not his own body now dead [sterile], when he was about a hundred years old..." (Romans 4:19) Rejecting facts he embraced faith. Having an Isaac, his own son, was a matter of "when", not "if". God said he would have seed numbering like the stars of heaven, so he prepared himself for the blessing. Can you picture a hundred-year-old man pushing a shopping cart around Canaan Super-Center buying Pampers, a crib, Wet Wipes and baby bottles? Faith if it has not works is dead being alone (James 2:17), so Abraham not only talked of "when" but walked toward "when".

 

 "When...you have built goodly houses" (vs 12). "Houses" there is in the plural. Weak faith calculates by addition, great faith operates in multiples. When we speak of "when" anticipation rises. Speak of "when" enough and anticipation possesses us until we possess what is anticipated. Focus must remain. The thing desired must remain the thing desired. It is impossible to enter Canaan until you have left Egypt. Looking both directions makes one cross-eyed and leaves the dualist "unstable in all his ways". The prospect of "when" leaves no room for retreat. Remember, the Red Sea was not left divided, so the Israelites could return to the old life if they chose to. The past is behind...leave it there. "When" is in the cross-hairs of our faith scope. "When revival comes", "When I get my master's degree", "When God provides the down payment cash I need". Does a fifteen-year-old ever say, "If I get my driver's license"? It is always, "When I get my license". No one is going to talk him or her out that leap into adulthood. How tragic that most adults have trouble approaching God with the same simplicity and confidence. What God promises God performs. You can bank on that so quit wavering with "ifs"; start rejoicing in "when".


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