The Blessing of God

"Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the Lord; yet I love Jacob" ...Malachi 1:2

God has indeed said "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated" (Rom 9:13) - Jacob was of the promise, Esau was of the flesh - and whom He loves He blesses. This is a very solemn matter. David failed God and Abraham made mistakes, Isaac was weak and Jacob crafty, yet the blessing of God was on all of them!

Today in the Church as the body of Christ, you may be a much better fellow than Jacob, but without the divine blessing on your life, where are you? You are dead in the water and going nowhere. Learn to set high priority on the blessing of God and to view with suspicion anything that would cause you to forfeit it. Maybe you have been tempted to despise some brother less endowed with gifts than you, and yet God blesses him! And you? Again and again you have done the right thing, but His blessing has been withheld.

Dare you say God has erred? Beware of taking offence at His choices. Jealousy of another man's calling or spiritual state can work and wreak havoc in your own. Our fruitfulness for God depends upon His blessing, but it is all too possible, by our attitude, by our self-conceived opinions, by our speech etc. to arrest and to staunch its flow. Should that prove to be the case in your Christian life at this time, may I suggest you fall prostrate before God, humble yourself, turn from your wicked ways and cry out to Him for His way. Let us trust God to so deal with us that, without His blessing on our lives and on our work for Him, we can neither live today nor face tomorrow!

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