Psalm 128:1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table. 4 Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD. 5 May the LORD bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem, 6 and may you live to see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel.
This psalm speaks of the prosperity and blessing of the Lord upon those who follow Him. Does it actually mean He will bless us, that this is His will for us?
This is often a question that believers struggle with. Even though they read the scriptures there is this underlying belief that being spiritual means being poor.
I remember sharing the scripture that it is the Lord who gives us power to gain wealth in Deuteronomy 8:18. Even though it was right there in black and white on the page of the bible many of the believers struggled with this. They could not believe it is His will for them. Prosperity like healing is often veiled in unbelief amongst believers. We will argue that it can’t be His will when it states it is.
They live a life of contradiction by going to the doctor when they are sick or pushing for a promotion at work so they can make more money. If you believe it is God’s will that you be sick, then why are you disobeying Him by going to the hospital? If it isn’t God’s will to prosper you in all aspects of your life, why do we pursue education, job opportunities, join unions or seek promotions? Why don’t you stay home or go out and scavenge among the streets and fields?
Jabez’ s prayer was that the Lord would bless him and enlarge his territory and the Lord did. (1 Chronicles 4:10) Audacious? Is it the Lord’s will? When the elder son in the parable of the lost son confronted his father about the fact he had never once had a party, his father said to him that all that he had was his. All he needed to do was ask.
We have not because we ask not. (James 3)
Prayer: “Father I ask your blessing upon me, my family and all that we set our hands to.