Holding God Accountable

Holding God Accountable

When I think of my relationship with God, I often think of the relationship between any child and parent, because there are so many similarities to them both. Recently, one of our pastors gave an example of his relationship with his daughter, which really hit home for me. He brought up a story of a promise he had made to his child. As was true for him, and should be true for any parent, his child wasn’t going to let him forget what he had promised. Parents better keep their promises, because children will remember exactly what mommy or daddy had promised them, right? You can imagine this truth is magnified if that promise involved ice cream or a new toy. And because the parent loves their child so much, that parent will want to keep up their end of the deal.

Do you realize that Jesus is no different? Every promise from God is straight from God himself. “All Scripture is God-breathed” 2 Timothy 3:16. This means that every promise made in scripture was God’s original idea. If he didn’t want it in writing, then it wouldn’t be in the bible. But God has handed us a book of his promises and all of God’s promises are “yes” and “amen,” which means every word he has spoken, he will fulfill (2 Corinthians 1:20, Ezekiel 12:25).

So guess what? As his child, you get to hold God accountable. You can take God’s word and repeat it back to him and just as a child would do while waiting, you can remind him over and over of what he said until he completes his end of the deal. You have the authority to approach God with, “but daddy, you said so.”

When you pray and speak God’s promises, you can trust that he will fulfill them, so stand in faith that he will do what he said he will do. Consider it a privilege to stand before God and hold him accountable to his word. Trust that as a son or daughter of God, he has your very best interest in mind. Know that his Word is his will and every word of his word will come true and until it does? You get to keep him accountable!

Holding God Accountable


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  • Kristy
    Posted at 06:48h, 03 February Reply

    I couldn’t agree more. We just have to be careful that we are holding our situations and expectations to his standards and not our own. I know often times people try to adapt or pick and choose what pieces of scripture they want to apply to their lives but we can’t do that if we are going to expect him to fulfill his promises in the manner in which he chooses to fulfill them.

  • Laura Retter
    Posted at 08:55h, 03 February Reply

    Caroline, thank you. I have been challenged these last couple days with a heaviness in my heart. I have been wanting so badly to be confident that God will fulfill His promises to me, but I’ve been trying so hard to surrender that I have felt stuck. I’ve been consumed with worry that I will cross the line from confidence and trust into willfulness. Finally this morning, the battle in my head and heart led me to complete surrender in prayer. “Father, help me to be at peace.” I felt led to hop on Instagram and there I saw your latest post. BAM! Answered prayer. I now have the calm assurance that it’s okay to be hopeful, expectant, confident and at peace that God IS fulfilling His promises! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this message today!

  • Jessica Harris
    Posted at 16:10h, 04 February Reply

    I love this! Look at Abraham and Sarah who had to wait years for what God promised them. You are right, God will be faithful to His word which are His promises. How beautiful when we hold onto faith instead of giving up in disbelief.

  • Patricia
    Posted at 12:20h, 06 February Reply

    I love this reminder!! His Word will not return to Him void!!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 13:14h, 06 February Reply

    I heard once the comment that God doesn’t ever get tired of us talking to him, coming to him, asking and praying for things. He loves that relationship with us! I find that so comforting because even if a father or mother got tired of their child asking for things, God never does 🙂

  • Sh
    Posted at 14:54h, 22 August Reply

    Does God’s sovereignty trump even his promises? James say to pray for the sick and the WILL recover. Sounds pretty definitive to me. I’ve prayed for years for people with a life threatening disease to recover and they didn’t. No one can give an answer except “we’ll, father knows best”. Seems God is accountable to no one.

  • Eastilan Appiah
    Posted at 19:42h, 21 April Reply

    I’m so happy I just came across this. Earlier today, after church service I was sharing this exact same message with my wife as we were discussing what each of us learned from Bible studies today. Amazingly, my side of it was just this same message here in your exact same words. If I had made a blog to publish it like you, I’m pretty sure I’d have been caught up in plagiarism, but it’d have been completely unintentional. It’s amazing how different people have the same analogies of situations. God is good.
    Another thing I’d like to add is, we shouldn’t forget to keep our part of the deal. And what is our part of the deal? It’s doing what God commands us to do. It’s obeying his commandments and living a Christ- like life. It’s when we do this that God, our Father will also be compelled honour his part of the deal. I pray that God gives us the patience to wait on Him.

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