Have you heard it in your testimoney meetings – where the person tell of their experience. They promised God that they would do something if He would help them thru something, or bless them with something etc. And they tell it as a very spiritual, faith promoting experience.
I tend to want to do this myself. I think to myself, I’ll start to keep the commandments better, I’ll study my scriptures more, I won’t miss daily prayers, I’ll quit swearing….or whatever. And if I do that then I need, I want, please bless me with…..
For those who think you can make a deal with God, you can’t!! God can offer to make a deal with you, a covenant, but unless you accept it, and keep its (God’s) terms, it doesn’t work either.
Here’s how I perceive deal making with God: I make the offer, God accepts my sincere – faith motivated offer, and blesses me as to the terms of the deal. If that were true then I’m manipulating God. Oh, sure He has His agency to accept my deal but think about the consequences if He does. To be a just and fair God, He would then have to accept deal making offers from others in a similar situation. Where does He draw the line? Yes, for you because you have 8% more faith than the last one who wanted to make a deal. No, for me because my deal didn’t contain quite enough sacrifice (3% short) on my part to be a good trade.
I don’t think God is in the deal making business. I think He’s in the covenant making business, and there’s a big difference.
How have your “deals” with God turned out?