BLESSED

The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto

Deuteronomy 28:8

It’s funny the way life is, often we think ‘If I could only get that new possession, or get that raise, or move to that other city’, or whatever; you fill in the blanks. The truth is that we are wired for something far greater. There is no precious possession, whether it is property, jewels, clothing, or anything else that will bring us lasting happiness. It is the favor and blessing of God that brings happiness that will last. Of course it is not the lack of possessions or success that brings happiness either, it is just as easy to be miserable whether rich or poor, unknown or well known. It is knowing God and experiencing His favor that brings a lasting contentment. Here are some great observations by Spurgeon on this topic.

“If we obey the LORD our God He will bless that which He gives us. Riches are no curse when blessed of the LORD. When men have more than they require for their immediate need and begin to lay up in storehouses, the dry rot of covetousness or the blight of hard-heartedness is apt to follow the accumulation; but with God’s blessing it is not so. Prudence arranges the saving, liberality directs the spending, gratitude maintains consecration, and praise sweetens enjoyment. It is a great mercy to have God’s blessing in one’s iron safe and on one’s banking account. Some talk of a lucky man: the blessing of the LORD is better than luck. The patronage of the great is nothing to the favor of God. Self-reliance is all very well; but the LORD’s blessing is infinitely more than all the fruit of talent, genius, or tact.”

How does one receive the blessing of the Lord? According to David it is through forgiveness. Psa. 32: 1,2 ‘Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.’

This is the message of the Bible, the just shall live by faith. We receive forgiveness of sins which leads us to the blessing of God by faith. To some people forgiveness and blessing seem like two unrelated topics, to those who are being saved; they get it. It is the forgiven that receive and enjoy the blessing of the Lord.

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