It’s as we begin to develop Godly character that we begin to see the rewards of God’s blessing upon our lives. In Psalms 18:20, the psalmist says, “The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness” – The LORD rewarded me according to my character.
As we’re truthful we get the blessings of truthfulness. As we’re diligent we get the blessings of being diligent. As we honor and show respect to those in to authority, we get the blessings that go along with that.
Scripture is full of promises but the majority of those promises are conditional.
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” God has promised to give us the desires of our heart, but they’re conditional upon our delighting ourselves in Him and in His character.
Ephesians 6:2-3 says, “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Do you know any young people today and things aren’t going well for them? Many times it can be traced back to a violation of this conditional promise.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” God has certainly promised to guide and direct us, but that guidance is conditional upon us acknowledging Him in all our ways.
God’s promises and blessings are not ours to enjoy regardless of how we live the Christian life; but it’s as we begin to develop Godly character and become more like Christ that we begin to see the rewards of God’s blessing upon our lives.
Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries