Let’s consider a couple of blessings we find in the Bible. We read in Deuteronomy 33:24, “And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.” Here we have a threefold blessing to the tribe of Asher. They were blessed with children. They were highly regarded among others, and they had plenty of oil, which would indicate wealth. Let’s also consider Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath BLESSED US WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS in heavenly places in Christ.” As a general rule, we can recognize that the Lord blessed Israel, His chosen earthly people, with many earthly blessings. Today, we who know Christ as our savior are a Heavenly people and the Lord tends to bless us more with Heavenly blessings. That is not to say the Lord does not bless us physically today, but the Heavenly blessings are eternal and thus more valuable.

We can be assured that the Lord will not bless us with anything that would tend to draw our hearts away from Him. Perhaps you want the Lord to bless you with riches so that your life on earth is easier to deal with. The Lord knows the heart. He knows if our motives and desires are pure. Solomon prayed this wise prayer in Proverbs 30:8-9, “Remove far from me vanity and lies: GIVE ME NEITHER POVERTY NOR RICHES; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” Solomon knew the danger of having too much and having too little. He asked the Lord to give him just what he needed. That, in itself, is a wonderful blessing!

We read in James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift IS FROM ABOVE, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” The blessings we might receive from the Lord are good and perfect. Matthew 6:8 tells us that “…your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” The precious thing about a blessing from the Lord is that it will meet a need in our lives.

The Lord promises us in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” What blessings come to us when we go to the Lord and accept Him as our Lord and savior! He will give us REST. Rest from struggling to save ourselves. Rest from the worries and cares of this world. Rest in spite of all the evil in the world. We can rest in Him and His finished work on the cross, when He died for your sins and mine.

The Lord greatly blesses those who are faithful to Him. Hebrews 6:10 says, “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” When we follow the Lord’s leading and seek to minister to the needs of our fellow saints, the Lord will not forget that. He will bless according to His perfect will with perfect blessings to suit us according to our individual needs. Whatever the blessing is that the Lord gives to you, you can KNOW that it is good and perfect, that it is according to the Lord’s perfect will and it will meet a present need in your life. (261.10)