Why should God bless me?

“God should bless me so that I can be comfortable.”

“God should bless me so that others will envy my stuff.”

“God should bless me so that I will have the look of success.”

“God should bless me so that I will not have to work hard.”

“God should bless me because I deserve it.”

How often do we ask God to “bless me”? How often do we ask God to shower our family with blessings? How often have we witnessed delay associated with those blessings?

Why? It could be that we have the wrong motivation for being blessed! All of the reasons above are wrong. I suspect that most of us want to be blessed because we want to be comfortable. God is not really interested in our comfort. He is interested in our being prepared for our mission in life and our times in the ‘King’s Chamber’. In the book of Song of Songs, the King’s Chamber was a time of intimacy that the bride had with the King. We are the bride of Christ. We are to be prepared to be close and intimate with our King Jesus. Plus, in the same way that Esther had to go through 12 months of ‘beauty preparations’ so that she could be with the king, we must also go through beauty preparations so that we can be with Jesus. Our trials and our tests that we have to go through in life are the ‘beauty preparations that get us ready to be in the presence of God. Those beauty preparations that we have to go through may involve withholding of blessings for a while.

So…why should God bless me?

Let’s look to the scriptures for an answer. Psalm 67:1-2 (NKJV) “God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us..That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.” As I understand this verse, the Psalmist is saying, in effect, “Bless me, so that I might glorify you; bless me so that I might show your power, your love, your majesty, your goodness to all nations.”

The Psalmist goes on to say in Psalm 67:7 (NKJV) “God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.” Also the Psalmist indicates that others seeking God are observing what God is doing for us. Psalm 69:6 (Msg) Don’t let those who look to you in hope be discouraged by what happens to me, Dear Lord! God of the armies! Don’t let those out looking for you come to a dead end by following me—Please, dear God of Israel!

When Solomon completes the temple and he has the dedication service, he prays in 1 Kings 8:60 (NKJV) “…that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” God blesses us so that He receives glory.

God blesses His people for the glory of His own name, so that His goodness, mercy, and love would be recognized and praised by men and angels. God does not exist to meet our needs; rather, we exist to glorify Him.

Ask God to bless you in such a way that peoples who have never praised the only living and true God might do so.

Ask God to bless you so that others will see and will decide to seek Him.

Ask Him for blessing, so that God might be recognized and proclaimed as supreme in every language on this planet, to the great joy of all the peoples.

We love yall. You bless us by praying for us! Let us know your prayer needs and we will pray!

Billy and Sheilah Daws

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What would a wife like to hear from her husband?

I think that she would like to hear the following:

  • Thank you for the wonderful meal you prepared.
  • Thank you for taking care of yourself.
  • Thank you for the way you raise the children.   
  • Thank you for all you do in our home.
  • Thank you for taking care of us when we are sick.

Is there any wife that would not like to hear this?

Let’s go further.  I think that she would like to hear this also:

  • You are a great hostess.
  • You are the best mother in the world.
  • You are really smart.
  • You are the light of my life.  
  • You are a great lover.
  • You are my best friend.
  • You are really a strong person.
  • You are beautiful.
  • You are the kindess person I know.

Is there any wife that would not like to hear this?

Let’s go one step further. I think she would like to hear this also:

  • I am ravished when I look at you.
  • I am overwhelmed by the fact that you chose me to be your husband.
  • I love you with all my being.
  • My love for you will never grow stale.
  • I get plum giddy when I think about you.

Is there any wife that would not like to hear this?  Which one would a wife rather hear? There is no doubt that every wife and every husband would like to hear some gratitude, which is what the first group of statements are.  But if you had to choose between the first group and the second group, every wife and every husband would rather hear the second group…that is praise.  We love to be praised…it does something for our self esteem.  But if you had to choose between all three groups, there is no doubt that we would want to hear group three.  This is the expression of love and adoration.

Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.”  One author puts it this way, “Thanksgiving gets you through the gate so that you are near God.  It gets you on the property or premises so that God can give you His promises.”  Praise gets you into His courts.  The courts around the tabernacle and the temple was the place where major decisions were made.  When we need to make major decisions, spend some time praising God. Remember, God inhabits the praises of His people.  This way you are inviting His influence in your decision making.

But, let us never forget that as much as God loves gratitude and praise, He loves for us to worship Him.  John 4:23 says, “The Father is seeking such to worship Him.”  God wants your love and adoration.

Is your personal devotion to God, a ‘group 1’ level with just gratitude for what He does?  Or is it a ‘group 2’ level with gratitude and praise for who He is?  Maybe you have been thinking that that is enough.  But God wants you to have a ‘group 3’ level with gratitude, praise and most especially worship, adoration, and love. How about your church?  Which level is your church on?  Ask God to teach you how to love Him.

I will be preaching a series of sermons at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Flowery Branch beginning Sunday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 28.  Also, I will be preaching in Bradenton, Florida later in the spring.

Thank you for your responses…it helps to know if we are sending relevant newsletters. Please keep us updated on your prayer requests.  1 Samuel 12:23 (NKJV)  Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.
We love you.
Billy and Sheilah Daws

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Have you eaten at any good restaurants lately?

We love the Spaghetti Factory.  The thousand island salad dressing is wonderful.  The spaghetti with rich meat sauce and mizithra cheese is awesome.  The bread with garlic butter is heavenly.  Then you top it off with spumoni ice cream.  And then to make it even better, the service is great and the cost is within our budget.  Wow!  We enjoy the Melting Pot…it gets 5 stars.  The Spaghetti Factory would get 4 stars.  Don Pablo’s provides a great Mexican meal…it gets 4 stars. The Sign of the Mermaid on Anna Maria Island serves the best filet mignon of all steak restaurants…it gets 5 stars.  Once we ate at the castle at Disney World…it gets 5+ stars. 

We eat at Burger King, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s…they each get 2 stars…mainly for convenience.  I have eaten at some 1 star restaurants…yuck and double yuck!

When we eat at a restaurant, we don’t want to be rushed.  We want our beverage on time and we don’t want the glass empty very long.  We want the bread warm and soft.  We want a servant who anticipates our needs and delivers without interupting the flow of the meal. We want our food cooked to our liking.

When we leave the Spaghetti Factory, the Melting Pot, Don Pablo’s, the Sign of the Mermaid, and Henderson’s Catfish, we leave satisfied.  It is a state of euphoria.  Ending the meal at the Melting Pot with a dessert that involves dipping ripe strawberries in warm chocolate, is an indescribable experience. 

However, we are not the only ones that hunger.  God hungers for a feast.  He feasts on the praise and worship from His children.  Remember John 4:23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” God craves for us to serve Him a feast of pure worship. 

By the way, thanksgiving gets you through the gates, praise allows you access to His courts (Psalm 100:4  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise), but worship gets you into the very presence of God.  It would be beneficial to know how to distinguish between the three.

After the Sunday morning worship service at your church, does God say, “Now that was satisfying!”  Would He give your ‘church service’ 5 stars or would it be closer to 1 star.  Was He hurried because it was time for the sports event to start on TV?  Were we, as God’s waiters and waitresses, more concerned about what we were getting out of the experience, rather than what the Person being served was getting?    Let’s face it, most of our churches do not offer a satisfying ‘meal’ to the Lord.  We are too busy fussing over what we are to get out of it.  We want our brand of music and our brand of sermon with the right amount of humor, flowing from a dynamic, excited speaker, within the right amount of time!  It doesn’t seem to matter what God wants.

Study worship.  Let’s aim to give God what He seeks! 

Here is something to think about that a friend of ours sent this week:  God glories in hiding things. Proverbs 25: 1 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing and the honor of kings to search out a matter.” He hides treasures so those who are earnest about seeking Him will find what the causal seeker will not.      Isaiah 45:15 “Verily thou art a God that hides thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.” 

Could it be that God hides His actions and His reasons for doing what He does, so that we will pursue Him.  In the pursuit,  we focus on Him and learn to worship!

We love you.

Billy and Sheilah Daws

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