But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. – James 1:25
(1.) God blesses his people when he bestows on them some gift temporal or spiritual (Gen. 1:22; 24:35; Job 42:12; Ps. 45:2; 104:24, 35).
(2.) We bless God when we thank him for his mercies (Ps. 103:1, 2; 145:1, 2).
(3.) A man blesses himself when he invokes God’s blessing (Isa. 65:16), or rejoices in God’s goodness to him (Deut. 29:19; Ps. 49:18).
(4.) One blesses another when he expresses good wishes or offers prayer to God for his welfare (Gen. 24:60; 31:55; 1 Sam. 2:20). Sometimes blessings were uttered under divine inspiration, as in the case of Noah, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses (Gen. 9:26, 27; 27:28, 29, 40; 48:15-20; 49:1-28; Deut. 33). The priests were divinely authorized to bless the people (Deut. 10:8; Num. 6:22-27). We have many examples of apostolic benediction (2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 6:23, 24; 2 Thess. 3:16, 18; Heb. 13:20, 21; 1 Pet. 5:10, 11).
(5.) Among the Jews in their thank-offerings the master of the feast took a cup of wine in his hand, and after having blessed God for it and for other mercies then enjoyed, handed it to his guests, who all partook of it. Ps. 116:13 refers to this custom. It is also alluded to in 1 Cor. 10:16, where the apostle speaks of the “cup of blessing.”
How do we receive blessings from God? Do they just randomly drift down from the heavens like snowflakes in a hit-and-miss fashion? Are they bestowed with purpose to those who spend their lives seeking Him? I believe with all my heart that God’s blessings are bestowed with purpose to His children.
God’s perfect law gives freedom! Why would anyone shy away from that? It’s a battle of wills to be sure – the human nature’s will against the will of God. When will we finally understand that we’re given rules and commandments from God because He wants to keep us safe? When we go off on our own without God, our pathway is not usually lined with wisdom and is certainly not blessed… right?
We are to look intently into the perfect law that gives freedom… how do we do that? We read God’s Holy Word, the Bible and humbly bow before God, through Christ Jesus, in prayer. A daily desire for all that God wants for us is what He desires for us. It’s not complicated – God blesses us because we bless God in our attitudes and actions.
We’re so diligent about taking a daily multi-vitamin and getting a half hour of physical activity in every day for your physical health … but what about your spiritual health? Do you want blessings from God this year? Have you sought Him yet this year? You can begin today to seek His wisdom and His direction for your life. 🙂