As a Christian, I have for a long time loved to quote scriptures that suit my present need, however I have come to learn that many times, we simply quote that portion of scripture that has got a promise for us and leave out the condition bit of that scripture. For example, God tells the Israelites, that if they obey the commandments that God is giving them today, He will bless them. Deuteronomy 28:1-14. However, many of us simply chant away, I am a head and not a tail, above only and not beneath yet we are doing all manner of sin. How do we expect God’s promises to be ours yet we are not living out the condition He has set for us? We need to remember that He says that if we are willing and obedient, we shall eat of the good of the land.
Another scripture that I and many others love is, Phillippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. However, this scripture does not stand alone, there is a reason as to why Paul was blessing these people that way; they had stood with him in preaching the gospel.
It is my prayer today, that we will learn to take God’s word in its entirety if we want it to work for us. Let us not pick out what pleases us but the whole thing.
*All scripture quotes are from ESV