You want a better life than you have right now.
I may not know you personally, but I am sure of that fact. You want more money in your bank account. You wish your boss saw you were deserving of a promotion. If you are married, you wish your wife saw that you were right all the time. If you have children, you would jump for joy if they just obeyed you the first time you gave directions. You may be somewhat pleased with your life right now, but you deeply wish it was better. You earnestly desire a blessed life.
We all desired to be blessed, but are we willing to receive the blessing?
In order to receive God’s blessing, we must live our lives according to God’s ways. Read Psalm 128 and see what a blessed life looks like for a man.
Did you catch what a blessed life looks like? It is characterized by a belly full after successful work days (v. 2). The blessed man will be generally happy with things working out for him (v. 2). His wife will be vibrant and refreshing (v. 3). His children will be developing favorably (v. 3). His legacy will benefit generations behind him (v. 5-6). That sounds great, doesn’t it?
Even if you desire that type of blessing, will you do what it takes to receive that blessing? This blessed man in Scripture is known as one “who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways” (v. 1). If it wasn’t plain enough, he repeats it: “In this very way the man who fears the LORD will be blessed” (v. 4).
If you want the blessings of God, you must obey God. It’s simple. Fearing the LORD means revering his commands. Walking in his ways means you obey what he says for your life. You love your wife the way he says love her. You lead your children the way he says lead them. You work in such a way that pleases him. You live in such a way to “walk worthy of the calling you have received” (Eph 4:1).
Do you want to receive the blessings of God? Do you want your life to change? Do you want life to be better? If so, will you decide to follow his commands in the coming days? The challenge will be plain. The directions clear. Are you willing to obey?
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.
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