10:22 “It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it.”
Proverbs 10:22 (NASB)
There are times in our lives when we are overwhelmed by the fact that we’ve been blessed, having received something great that’s truly more than deserved. It is a powerful, compelling moment.
And like a train pulling out of a station, we find ourselves increasingly crediting others and God for these blessings, The more frequent these awarenesses come, the better.
Yes, blessings often do make us wonder why. And God has surely outlined good reasons for His blessings to us. There are three primary understandings. Let’s master them.
God blesses us:
TO REWARD US: We’ve been good. God sees this and wants to encourage our faith, our faithfulness, our obedience. He doesn’t want the good we do to go unnoticed and unrewarded. He loves us and wants to catch us doing things right, not just wrong, so He reserves blessings for us (1 Samuel 2:30 and Hebrews 11:6).
TO ELICIT OUR WORSHIP: Above all, we were made for worship. In fact, the highest purpose for our creation is His worship. So the blessings God bestows are meant to generate what He wants -- further, ongoing worship of Him.
The more we recognize Him in these blessings, the more our worship will flow. Our blessings are meant to elevate Him, not us. (Romans 2:4)
TO BLESS OTHERS: We cannot assume that the blessings we receive are meant solely for us. Many are meant to be shared, to be extended to others. As we do so, we imitate God and others get a better idea of what He is like.
When we fail to extend God’s grace and His blessings to others after we have received them ourselves, the Bible says we have received them in vain. This third reason for our blessing is most oft overlooked (2 Corinthians 6:1).
Reflect: Are you feeling blessedly rewarded lately? How much worship is God getting out of your blessings? In what way could you practice this week blessing others as you’ve been blessed?
A prayer to consider: LORD, keep making it compellingly clear how much I’ve been blessed. Open my eyes and overwhelm me with a sense of Your goodness and grace that will drive me to express Your greater worth and worship in my life. Help me to extend it to others as you’ve extended it to me. For Your glory and my great joy in You, Amen.