Continued from here.
Up to this point in our study of this one verse, we have explored God’s expectation that we “do good” while preventing ourselves from becoming weary of doing so. We also talked about why: God will give us a future harvest (blessings!) if we do so. Too bad the verse doesn’t stop there. It turns out that this is a conditional promise, as is evidenced by the next two words: “if we.”
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.” ~ Galatians 6:9
The Bible is filled with awesome promises the hinge upon a two-letter word: if. In the legal world, this is called a condition precedent. In layman’s terms, this means that something is guaranteed to happen but only if a condition is met first. Meeting that condition is the trigger that sets the guarantee in motion. So, God makes us this great promise – Don’t grow weary in doing good because a future blessing is coming … IF.
The next word in the verse tells us whose responsibility meeting that condition is: OURS! Sometimes we find ourselves waiting on God to fulfill a promise when we haven’t met the condition precedent to trigger the blessing. This is an example of one of those times. Our choices can trigger the blessing or withhold it, so we need to pay careful attention to what God requires of us. In other words, what’s our part in this exchange?
On her television show, Enjoying Everyday Life, Joyce Meyer has repeatedly pointed out that we work together with God. It’s a partnership in which we cannot do His part, and He will not do our part. Whenever our part is specifically identified in scripture after the word if, we can rest assured that the blessing isn’t coming until we do our part. And then, after we do our part, we can know in the marrow of our bones that the blessing IS coming because God said it is. He would have to cease to be God if the blessing doesn’t come “at the proper time.”
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace smiling while standing in the corner of a boxing ring holding up a sign that says, “You got this.” Courtesy Bitmoji.]