Dwayne Wedderburn | The power of the Lord to bless
"And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested."
- 1 Chronicles 4 v. 10
This prayer, these exact words, has been earnestly recited by believers and unbelievers alike across the entire globe in an effort to secure the blessings of the Lord. Some testify of a speedy answer to their prayer and of the tremendous blessings that they have received from God after earnestly repeating the prayer of Jabez to Him. Others who have prayed this prayer have seen little or no result. This has caused great contemplation, and perhaps loss of faith and hope. This greatly anticipated exponential growth that should be evident in all areas of their lives has not manifested in spite of much sincere prayerful efforts.
We often begin our relationship with God solely on the basis of establishing a route to being a beneficiary of His blessings but, like the Apostle Paul, I show you a more excellent way.
The blessings of the Lord begin with a sincere relationship with Him. He desires to express His infinite benevolence to each individual. He expresses it to those in a sincere relationship with Him. A relationship with Him begins with accepting Jesus Christ as our eternal Lord and Saviour, repenting from all sins and becoming settled to live according to His way alone. Such a relationship is the greatest spiritual blessing that exists. It then creates an instant release of greater spiritual blessings and lays an immediate foundation for unprecedented natural blessings. Natural blessings will come when we hear, listen and obey the voice of God. Willingness to hear God's voice is very easy for most believers. However, after we have listened, obedience - doing His will - is too painful for some, illogical for others, deemed too risky for most, and in some cases we become blatantly stubborn and disobedient. The best of us partially obey to ease our conscience.
"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him." - Genesis 12v. 1-4
Hearing God's voice and moving instantly at His will activates His blessings in our lives. Grappling with the result of our decision to obey God attracts the spirit of disobedience which makes us candidates to be cursed and not blessed. In pursuit of blessing, we must throw away the road map we have created for our own lives and embrace His will. His road map is a pathway that is paved with divine favour. When we are completely surrendered to Him, then He is completely responsible to bless us in all areas of our lives.
Trusting God completely in all our ways releases His divine will and favour in our lives. Abraham was established in his country and had great possessions. However, God instructed him to leave his established lifestyle to follow Him, to go to an undisclosed destination, to pursue the unknown. Pursuing the unknown defies common sense . However, Abraham chose to trust God and follow His lead. Trusting in God and following His lead releases great abundance and multiplied blessings in our lives, blessings and abundance that exceed even our appointed time on earth. Abraham's descendants continue to enjoy multiplied blessings and abundance in their lives today because of the blessings of Abraham, invoked by his decision to pursue God. Giving up anything of value at God's request to follow Him invokes God's blessing on our lives and on generations to come.
As Christians, we must determine in our hearts to follow after God, and to pursue Him. It is the only way to be truly blessed of God. This blessing is holistic and everlasting and transcends our earthly existence. It is this blessing that we must seek.
- Dwayne Wedderburn is an Apostle at World Harvest Mission Church. Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.