Walking in the Path of Blessing (Part 1)

"After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth” (1 Kings 18:1).

When God tells us to follow the path of blessing, He does not leave it to guesswork. He lays out exactly what He expects of us. We may not know where we will be in a year, but we can know what He expects of us now. If we long for a life filled with His blessing, presence and protection, He shows us how to get that. He does not leave that up to our own ingenuity, but instead provides all the resources we need in His Word. We do need to read it and learn what He wants from us. But God does not require us to think up a philosophy of living; He’s already provided the textbook. We need to read the Word in order to find out what pleases the Lord. When we walk as He wants us to walk, we will experience the blessings of God.

At this point in his life, Elijah was used to hearing, “The Word of the Lord.” He knew that if he followed the Word, God would lead him to where he needed to go. The places God chose were not places Elijah would have chosen, but off he went. He knew God’s Word could be trusted to lead him to the path of God’s blessings.

Not everything can be known, as God shares in this verse:

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

Some things God will not reveal to us in advance. As we look back, God took us through things we could not have predicted. But through all the twists and turns, we learned to trust Him and we experienced His blessings when we obeyed. When we decided to go our own way, things did not turn out well. God wants to lead us to where He will bless. On the other hand, He’s not obligated to bless our own concoctions. We cannot design our own life’s plan and expect God to bless it. We need to go where He’s blessing.

Application

Take some time to ask yourself, “Do I walk in places God can bless?” We often set ourselves up for failure because we rush off in a new direction assuming God will bless us. But we must first align our lives with God’s priorities. We need to diligently read the Word to learn what He wants from us. If we pay close attention to God’s Word, and do what it says, we can expect God to mightily bless. But if we go down our own path and do our own thing, we cannot expect God to bless us.

Our very first priority is to please God:

“...and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10).

We need to spend most of our time putting into practice the life God wants us to live. God’s will for us is our holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:3). People who place God first can expect God to rain down spiritual blessings on their lives. God does not shortchange obedience. He blesses the man or woman who follows Him.


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