East Martin CRC
Blessings that don’t Tarnish
Verse 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
We mentioned yesterday that these blessings are not always the blessings that are sought by the people of the world. But why aren’t those the blessings that God showers upon His people?
Have you ever considered that one of the blessings from God in this life is the fact that we can work for what we eat? He designed a way that we could be a part of the cycle of His creation. We may not all be farmers who can say that they can eat what they produce through God’s goodness of rain and sunshine but we can all, and quite honestly should all, partake in working for what we can enjoy.
Working for our survival is a blessing as it gives us the opportunity to use the talents God has given us to be beneficial in the world around us. Whether we are farming the food for tables around our region or using our God-given talents to teach the next generation or countless other occupations, we are able to be blessed by blessing others and doing what He has created us for.
Other blessings that we can experience include the relationships with other believers. This is a blessing that isn’t limited to this life and that is what makes it a true blessing. When we are seeing that He blesses us with things that aren’t limited to this life. God alone can give blessings that last longer than this world.
There is a big push in today’s society to say that knowing God will bring us prosperity in this world but that goes against Jesus teaching about it being hard for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. The truth is that the love of money is what drives this desire for earthly prosperity and we can’t love God and money. The fact is that if Christ brought all Christians great riches, people would be beating down the doors of the Church, but God calls us to a life of sacrifice that will make us depend on Him. This need to depend on God is one of the greatest blessings we will enjoy on this earth because it drives us to Him in ways that money never would.
Making It Personal
What are the blessings in your life that you know came from God? How have you been blessed in your daily work? Are you willing to await Heaven for your prosperity?
Making It Personal Kids
What are ways that Jesus blesses you? Do you thank Him for those blessings? Why does He bless you?
Father, thank You for the blessings You lavish on us. Help us to remember that the blessings of earth are fleeting, only Your blessings last forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.