Expect God to Bless

“And Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain’ ” (1 Kings 18:41).

Israel had experienced crippling drought, leading to a severe famine and desperation, but God directed Elijah to announce to Ahab that He would send rain once again (1 Kings 18:1). Following the defeat of the Baal prophets on Mount Carmel, God indeed sent rain to Israel and ended the long drought. God is faithful, not because of us and often in spite of us. He is kind to send rain on both the righteous and unrighteous (Matthew 5:45).

When we think of the attributes of God, those qualities that God possesses, we should expect more than we do. We expect more not because of our great faith or holiness, but because of His great kindness and power to bring it all about. When we ponder God’s kindness, we recognize that we do not deserve the blessings He pours out on us, but we can expect good things from God because of His kind nature.

When we ponder God’s power, we know that He has the ability to bring about whatever He chooses. God indeed does do whatever He pleases:

“Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps” (Psalm 135:6).

Many people brag and say, “I’ll do whatever I please and no one is going to stop me.” But they actually will stop themselves because they have no power to do “whatever they please.” Our human nature limits our ability to carve out the life we dreamed of, but God does not share these limitations, and has the power to bring about great blessing.

When we think of God’s great wisdom, we conclude that He knows what to do in any given situation. God does not meet with a team of “advisors” to plot out His next move. His own nature that knows everything informs Him what to do. God does not make mistakes, because He is all knowing, and not subject to our limitations.

Application

1. We should expect blessings from God because He keeps His promises.
When we grow fainthearted, He knows how to revive us (Isaiah 40:29-31). When we feel lonely, God promised to draw near (James 4:8). God keeps His own Word, and we need to trust Him.

2. We should expect blessings from God because He can bring it about.
Have you meditated on how powerful God is? As you consider His power and might, you will walk away concluding that no one can prevent God from blessing you.

3. We need to live the kind of life that God will bless.
God will withhold blessing from those who walk in disobedience. He reserves His blessings for those who walk in obedience and who trust Him each day.

Keep trusting God to provide in your hour of need. You will walk away amazed at His gracious provision, and praise His holy name for His abundant kindness.


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