pleasing to the lord!

“……..it pleased the Lord to bless Israel” (Numbers 24:1).

Some people are of the thought that blessing is something related to royal food, rich clothes, grand mansions, big bungalow, car, respectable job, money, wealth etc. It is true that these people value the worldly riches as blessings. They greedily look out for the opportunity of winning huge prizes in raffles.

But the true blessings pertain to the inheritance of Christ. That way, you will receive many good things like divine joy, divine peace, eternal life, the anointment of the Holy Spirit, blessed family etc. Certain blessings reach the children through their parents. Thousand generations will be blessed if the parents are righteous. “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents” (Proverbs 19:14).

There are some blessings which satan gives. He will help in winning Horse racing and thus make them addicted to gambling. He will pretend as though he paves the way for the people to trace the treasure which he has hidden. The devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me” (Mathew 4:8, 9).

The blessings of satan may seem to be joyous in the beginning but will later become extremely bitter. The thirty silver coins did not make Judas happy. The money received from Naaman brought leprosy alone to Gehazi. So, when satan tempts you with worldly attractions, be cautious and do not fall prey to them. Many may have money, properties and wealth but they may not have the power to enjoy any of them; they must be suffering from pain, disease, debility and sitting at the entrance of death.

Thirdly, think of the blessing of God. “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it” (Proverbs 10:22). The first thing God did after the creation of man was to bless him with compassion. He blessed Noah and his family and said: “Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28).

Though Abraham was an idol worshipper, God accepted him as his friend. He said, “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). Similarly, God blessed Isaac; blessed Jacob; blessed Joseph. Today, where do you stand? Will He not bless you? When you accept Him as your own Saviour, He will pour His blessings on your heart and home too. You will be blessed.

To meditate: “The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless his people Israel, He will bless the house of Aaron” (Psalm 115:12).