Text: Proverbs 10:22.
When someone says the words bless, blessed, or blessing, their meanings are subject to the hearer. What one understands bless, blessed, and/or blessing to mean is related to where one’s currently residing in their spiritual walk.
Where that is can be matters of the heart (Who’s in charge?) or even of the head (Why? Sorts of questions), but know this: in this brief series, I’m going to posit three scriptural ideas that define the blessing of the LORD I hope will provoke you to deeper love for Him and even more good works!
A little word study.
- Some good info
re: language used here from Hebrew scholar Wm. S. Eldridge:
- Blessing: b’rakhot , is plural, recognizing all gifts on earth (e.g., food, drink, nature, love, etc.)
- Rich: ashar meaning made rich; being abundant (see John 10:10b).
- Add: yasaph, meaning to increase or continue; repeat.
- This proverb addresses how we trust in God’s provision with the effort we should expend in earning our wages (see II Thessalonians 3:10).
this is simple, though challenging:
- The real source of wealth is not the individual’s effort, but God’s work.
- When Father God wants to grant His material blessing to a person, those things will come with no need for additional toil (cf. Proverbs 23:4-5).
- As God’s blessing continues, fear shouldn’t rule us: faith should.
Blessing is God’s multiplication of material things.
- Consider what Father God did re: Job’s final state (Job 1:13-2:10; 42:12-17).
- Consider the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).
- Consider Jesus’ work with what was given to feed 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17).
Regarding material things, God wants us to have certain qualities in our hearts.
- Be content with what you have (I Timothy 6:6-11).
- Have a heart filled with gratitude (John 6:11).
- Maintain a humble
spirit (remember the Parable of the Talents).
- Each of us has financial capability we should affirm and be grateful for.
- Envy of what another has or is and/or is generating makes for bad spiritual economy in us. Jealousy robs us of joy.
- Let’s be determined to make the most of what we’ve been given.
Remember: the best of God’s benefits aren’t temporal: they’re spiritual riches! But how much we value material things is one of the arenas in which this issue is worked in, then, out of us.
Contentment; a thankful heart; humility; each of the things in the list above; when you have these, the issue of material things’ place in our lives is never a hard way.
When God is LORD of your checkbook, you’ll never regret it!