One sign of a good Bible-study-er is reaching the point where your time in God’s Word perplexes you.
Last week we read that Job’s friends angered God with their poor theology. Specifically, they assumed Job had sinned because of his suffering. They thought God was punishing Job for something he had done. Which wasn’t true. God does discipline His children when we sin. But we can’t assume discipline when we see difficulty.
Similarly, we have to be careful not to make the mistake and say that obedience will bring me a happy, trouble-free, “blessing-filled” life. Obedience does lead to God’s blessing. We see that concept throughout the pages of Scripture. But an outwardly blessed life does not always mean that a person is walking in obedience.
In the case of Job, God chose to bless in physical, tangible ways. And sometimes He does that. But “blessing” is more often than not much deeper.
God is not a vending machine and Christianity is not a works-based faith. The Bible clearly portrays this. So, we have to look at these passages through the lens of what we know to be true throughout the rest of His Word.
When Jesus walked on this earthly planet He had nothing of material value. He didn’t even have a home. Yet He was most blessed because of His oneness with the Father. The most blessed.
God always looks at our heart. And He does bless obedience. But let’s be careful not to assume or seek out tangible blessings. More often than not His blessings come to us on a spirit-level. Peace that passes understanding, even in the midst of horrific fires. Or love for someone who betrays.
We pray you glean the concept of “blessing flows from the obedient life.” The life that obeys the first and greatest command of love. But we pray you see His greatest blessings being those that the human eye cannot see.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights… (James 1:17 ESV)
Looking forward to all God has for us in the second half of our study of Abounding Hope! Thanks for taking this journey with us.