Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Blessed in All Things

Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. (Genesis 24:1)
Abraham lived a long and healthy life of abundance and wealth — God had blessed him in all things. The NIV says “in every way.” Not just in spiritual things, but in all things; not just in spiritual ways, but in every way.

So what does that have to do with you and me? Just this: God wants us to enjoy the same blessing. That’s why Jesus came.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14)
Jesus did not go to the cross for us just to deliver us from the curse of the law; He went so that the blessing of Abraham would come upon all who believe the promise. God blessed Abraham in all things and in every way; Jesus came so that we, too, could be blessed in all things and in every way.

Just as God’s blessing on Abraham was not just in spiritual things and spiritual ways, but in all things and in every way, so His blessing on us is not just limited to the spiritual, but covers everything in life. The apostle John understood this well, and his prayer for Gaius demonstrated God’s will and desire for each one of us.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 2)
For a great picture of what the blessing and prosperity God has for you and me looks like, read and meditate on Deuteronomy 28:1-14 and Psalm 112.

God’s desire is for you and me to be blessed and prosper in all things and in every way. That’s why Jesus came.

(Listen to the listing of blessings in Deuteronomy 28:1-14, from our Healing Scriptures and Prayers CD 2.)