Everyone wants to find blessing in their lives from God. But how do we find blessing?
As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, a woman called out,
Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you. (27)
But Jesus answered her,
Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it. (28)
Obedience is not a popular word, even among Christians sometimes. We like to focus on the grace of God. And certainly, apart of the grace of God, none of us would ever find his blessing because none of us ever deserve it.
Nevertheless, the key that unlocks that blessing in our lives is the obedience that comes from faith. We can say, “I believe in God. I believe in his Word,” all day long, but if it doesn’t result in obedience, our words are meaningless. If we truly trust him, if we truly believe in him, we’ll do what he says.
The question is, do you trust him? Do you trust that if you obey him, that you will find blessing? Do you trust, for example, that if you put off sex until marriage, that your sex life and your marriage will be better for it? Do you trust that if you learn the “grace of giving,” (II Corinthians 8:7) that your finances will not suffer for it, but instead be blessed by God? Do you trust that if you submit to your husband as to the Lord, and that you love your wife as Christ loves the church, sacrificing yourself for her, that your marriage will flourish?
Or do you think this is all fluffy words with no real substance to it?
If you want to find blessing, you need to learn to trust God. That he knows what is best. That his way works.
And then you need to obey.
Is it easy? No. But the same grace that God extends to help us believe, is the same grace that gives us the power to obey. All you have to do is ask. As Jesus said,
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9-10)
How about you? Will you trust God, and obey?