Contained in the bible are wonderful and precious promises, this is because our God is a loving father and loves us without condition, courtesy of his nature, all that precipitates from Him towards us is good, evil does not come from God. No one persons experience of evil is enough to dispute this; living in a fractured creation doesn’t mean God is to blame for every mishap, moreover he has put men in place.
In my previous write-up “When Is It Rightly The Word Of God Or Sorcery I”, “When Is It Rightly The Word Of God Or Sorcery II” and “When Is It Rightly The Word Of God Or Sorcery III” I explained how the word of God is powerful, whole and sustains the capacity to deliver as it promises if we understand context and the progression, if we must get the best from the word of God, then accuracy and balance must be our quest. In several of my “Pieces”, I have said that the word of God is complementary; we are made to understand that it is line upon line and precepts upon precepts, therefore what we see in one place should help us understand another. If this is achieved, we will see how powerful and poignant the word of God is?
In the word of God, there are precious and wonderful promises that our loving father has spoken to us, these promises are unto us and our children and their children. God made a covenant to our father Abraham and the covenant is that of blessing not curse.
We are a blessed people, blessed beyond the curse because Christ has redeemed us. But taking another second look at that statement, we are a blessed people, blessed beyond the curse because Christ has redeemed us. Have you ever asked yourself ‘What Is This Blessing?’ The first time the word blessing was made mentioned was in Gen. 12, let us see what it says, “2 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:” Gen. 12: 2
Here the patriarch of faith was told he would be blessed, and courtesy of that blessing that was going to come upon him, he was going to be a blessing, meaning that the definition of his essence can be defined in one word; ‘blessing’.
Let us go back a little and see what the onset has to say, “28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Gen. 1: 28.
Observe that after the blessing came before the instruction, be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it. If English is what you and I understand it to be, then that means there is something different about the blessing and being fruitful and multiplying.
In the previously quoted scriptures, we see Abraham told that he will be blessed and consequently be a blessing, and we also see Adam who was before Abraham being told that to be fruitful and multiple after he had been blessed. There is still more.
Abraham entered Egypt a man who had the blessing, although maybe there no visible evidence to show, he however left Egypt a rich man, pharaoh gave him lots of gifts, this means a blessed man cannot be hurt and is a magnet that attracts good things. Gen. 13 tells us this.
From these two, it is obvious that there is more to a blessing that material possession, because we see Adam being blessed and then asked to be fruitful, we see Abraham told that he will be a blessing after being told that he was going to be blesses, and we later on saw the proof which was material possession of herd of cattle and other livestock.
At the later end of his life, this was what was recorded of him; “1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.” Gen. 24: 1.
God had blessed Abraham “in all things” not “with all things”, God does not bless men with all things because not all things are actually a blessing, for instance, in my country, there was a song that was once popular and it says in pidgin English, ‘everything na double double oh’, and there would be a response ‘na double double’. At the close of the song, the singer said, ‘na only wife and trouble wey no be double double’. You see my friend, there are many things in life that we do not need, so God does not bless you with everything necessarily. Many times, what we need isn’t what we want and what we wand and desire are not needs. God who has knowledge of what we need per time will supply if we do not distort the connection by being insensitive and rebellious.
See what was later said; “35 And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.” Gen. 24: 35.
God had blessed Abraham and he has become great. Meaning the greatness of Abraham can be attributed to the blessing which was upon his life; He has also given him flocks, herds, silver, gold, menservants, maidservants, Carmel and asses. These flocks and gold and all that were the resultant effect of the blessing and greatness of which he was now an embodiment of.
It is obvious that there is more to the blessing than material wealth and possession.
The Lord plagued the house of Abimelech because he harbored the wife of a man who had the covenant of the blessing, Gen.20 gives us the full account; again this same king who has now learnt by experience that no one dares with anyone who has the covenant of the blessing had to confront Isaac for lying that Rebecca was his sister and not his wife. Obviously the covenant and the blessing was passed on. Gen. 26: 2- 4 proofs this.
See another definition of blessing, “60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.” Gen. 24: 60
This was a woman who was obviously coming from a wealthy home, whose father had servants, and was also given gifts of jewelries of silver and gold and raiment by Abraham’s servant. Blessing couldn’t have meant gold and jewelries to her, rather being privileged to be the mother of nations was indeed the blessing.
Obviously there is more to the blessing that gold and silver
You will also agree with me that Isaac, having inherited all that he had from his father needed nothing more because before his father died, he was recorded to be rich in livestock and servants, however see what was later recorded, “11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.” Gen. 25: 11.
A blessing is an empowerment to succeed, it a deposit that sustains the power to turn a parched dry land into a forest, a wilderness into a fruitful vine. A blessing is that which breeds life, health, rejuvenation and vitality to a dilapidating and dying system; it is a life source.
What we can see and touch is not necessarily the blessing. A blessing makes the impossible to be possible; it is a life force that nothing can resist but must answer and succumb to.
A blessing attracts envy from evil people; I say this because a man who isn’t blessed but humble enough to admit and sit under tutelage to understand how to attract the blessing will not be envious; rather he will celebrate the blessed so that without contradiction, the less will be blessed of the greater.
The blessing is not the fat bank account, cars, private jets, houses, clothes and lots more. Don’t get me wrong, these things are very good and God desires that we have them, but these are not ‘The Blessing’, they are the products of ‘The Blessing.’ These are riches and the blessing is not riches neither is it physical wealth.
Have you ever asked yourself, Why did Jesus have to die for me and what is the implication or what has his death done to me?
Ask yourself again, is God just after my personal need or is He too got some agenda He was hoping to fulfill through, in me, with me and through me. In ‘the Lord’s prayer’ it ends with this, ‘for yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory’, it’s all about the kingdom not necessarily us, and believe me friends, when the kingdom is in view, you are also not left out, you are equally encapsulated. It’s an all inclusive package.
I will continue on this subject in my subsequent piece.