“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.â€
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 meâ€”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 Dawsby