“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;” (Gen. 22:17)
How do you believe the blessings of the Lord come upon those that love Him, who have trusted in the name of His Son for the salvation of their souls? The end result is of course heaven, the Kingdom of the Most High, to be in His presence for all eternity. But what do you believe the blessings He gives us today lean more towards, the Spiritual or the materialistic?
The needs of the soul, or of the flesh?
“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1st Tim. 6:8) If you were content with only these two items you would not be reading this letter to you, for to read them requires internet access and a means to have that access, which means the Lord provided you with a computer or cell phone and the means to financially afford them. More than likely you are not sitting under a bridge reading this, you have a place to live with furniture, plates and glasses. You have a bed and something to sit on. Are these material items a blessing from the Lord? Has the Lord provided many of your wants as well as your needs?
If you went into debt to purchase any of those items, it would be wise to consider if indeed they are from the Lord, for Proverbs 22:7 stands as a truth. “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
What of those Spiritual needs, faith, trust, perseverance, humility, did the Almighty place those in you by osmosis, do you read and study His Word for guidance in how to live a holy life that honors His name, or when you were saved, in that moment, did you know how to live a godly life, was wisdom and Spiritual discernment grafted into you, were you automatically able to tell the difference between good and evil, how to recognize the wiles and darts of our adversary?
Does the Lord mightily bless those who serve Him fervently more than He blesses those who do not apply themselves to the studying of His will and Word?
“And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?” (Luke 18:26) They were amazed, for the wealthy in this life seemed to be the ones who were the most religious, while the prophets of God wore camel’s hair and ate locusts.
The bigger the church, the more ornate the items within it, the closer to God, right? The more money you make the more you are loved.
Far too many believe these things, and not just those who have fallen under the lie of prosperity theology, if no persecutions come, if you home remains intact after the storm, if health does not fail you, if there is a new item after the old one has failed, you have been blessed by the Lord.
Frustrations, depressions, righteous anger, hatred of this world and the sin the envelopes it, the loss of your income, the death of one you love, physical pain. Would you call these blessings?
The one the Almighty draws closest to Himself sees the sin in his life more clearly and abhors himself because of it. Is that a blessing?
I fear many have lost the truth of these words, I fear they believe a long life unhindered from pain and sorrow means they are being blessed, and some who are experiencing them believe themselves to have fallen “out of favor” of the Lord.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21)
No matter the life He has chosen for you, no matter what he allows to come into your life. It may not get “better” tomorrow, that does not matter, if you belong to Him, no matter what He chooses for you, it is a blessing.