© Schulter Etyang 4 min read
There are only two ways through which we receive blessings from God. The one way is to deserve the blessings, and the other is to not deserve (undeserved) the blessings.
- Deserved way
- Undeserved way
The deserved way
So, how do we try to deserve blessings from God?
Non-Christians try to earn their blessings from God through good works or living good moral lives. They work hard. They are honest individuals. They pay their taxes. They love their spouses and kids. They participate in community projects that uplift the poor, orphan, widow, prisoner and immigrant. They are good citizens. They obey the laws of the land. They are good people.
Christians try to earn their blessings from God also by being good or in their case being spiritual. They fast and pray. They give their tithes. They go to Church. They love God with all their heart, soul, strength and mind, and love their neighbours as themselves. They participate in community projects that uplift the poor, orphan, widow, prisoner and immigrant. They attend Christian conferences and events. They read books of Christian authors. They read the Bible throughout the year. They serve at the local Church. They are humble and kind. They are spiritual people.
See how both groups seek to get a blessing from God? They seek to deserve the blessings from God.
The problem with this approach is this, inevitably, frustration, anger and bitterness set in when it seems God is not responding to our good deeds – God is not keeping his end of the bargain.
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The answer to the question posed in the post’s title is—God shuts the heavens over you. God will not move on your behalf.
Let me unpack this
Israel was in decline. They had rebelled against Yahweh, his statutes and his prophets. Time and time again Yahweh sent prophets to warn them of impending doom but instead, they raised the middle finger to their God. Things got worse for them. They were struck with famines and droughts. They lost wars against enemies. They died from sickness and diseases. Yet despite their rebellion, God loved them, and when they turned to him he immediately turned their misfortunes into blessings. He healed them. He blessed them. He provided for them. He protected them.
But as human nature loves to coil back to its default mode of sinning, they turned their backs against Yahweh time and time again.
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We cannot do without New Year’s resolutions. That’s the truth. Goal setting is as old as creation itself. After God created human beings, he set goals for them — be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue and have dominion. (Genesis 1:28) Adam Alter in his book Irresistible, writes, goals … are a biological imperative rather than a luxury or choice (Pg. 107) We are intrinsically goal-oriented beings.
Jenny and I make resolutions every New Year. We usually sit and write what we want to do in the coming year. We set goals and plans for the year ahead. We set goals as it concerns our health, spirituality, finances, friendships, in-laws, home, vacations, studies, career, ministry etc.
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