Life is good when we experience the blessing of God. Sickness stays away, stress levels are minimal, the bank account is manageable, and relationships are enjoyable. God blesses us with these things and more because He loves us, but He never promises that we will live without trouble or hardship. In fact, He promises that we WILL have trouble. (John 16:33)
Last week we talked about how God blesses obedience, but I want to encourage all of us not to desire God’s blessing more than we desire God Himself. There’s nothing wrong with desiring God’s blessing, but there is a difference between loving God and simply loving God’s material blessing.
One of my favorite verses in the bible is Matthew 13:44. It says “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
This man was so overjoyed that he gave up everything he owned to gain this treasure, which is God. Material possessions, social status, convenience, relationships, and physical health cannot provide true and lasting satisfaction, and should not be what we long for the most in this life.
God created us to be truly fulfilled only by experiencing the glory of God and His saving grace.
And when we experience that glory, it cannot be contained. We must share it so that other people can experience this treasure alongside us. (See John 4:27-29, and Acts 4:18-20)
As followers of Jesus, we all share one purpose: to know God, and to make Him known. True fulfillment in life can only come when we live out this purpose. I want to encourage you to not get too caught up in seeking God’s physical or material blessing, which isn’t guaranteed. Instead, focus your life on knowing God and glorifying Him in all that you do.
Scripture of the week – Matthew 13:44
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.