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Seeds of Hope: Blessings from God

What do we need to do to receive blessings from God?

Are they automatic? Do we have to be in the right place at the right time? Sit quietly and meditate? Think positive thoughts and pray for wealth without working? Is there something we can do?

We would all have to agree that God’s blessings are not equally distributed nor given automatically as some would expect. In fact Psalm 41 begins with an insightful statement: Blessed is the person who has compassion for the poor or weak and does something about it. God cares for the weak and the poor and the oppressed and is delighted when we do something on their behalf. In fact, David says that those who show God’s compassion will be delivered when they are experiencing the difficulties of life. But there is more.

The first Psalm also begins with a statement about the person whom God will bless: A man who avoids contact with those who have evil intentions and instead finds pleasure in the teachings of the law of the Lord. As we Abide God’s Word – His law –in our hearts, it will give us light for our lives and directions to our destiny – eternal life with Him. And still more!

In Psalm 32 we read that: Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven and whose sins are covered. When we go to God in faith asking for forgiveness and salvation He will accept us, cleanse us and bless us.

So God’s Word is clear: If we want His blessings then we must follow His instructions. First, when we accept God’s salvation we will enjoy the blessing of forgiveness. Then, we will be blest if we avoid the influence of those who are evil and study His law. Finally, we will be blest if we do His work in His world by caring for those in need of His love, mercy and grace.

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