After the Blessing
1 Chronicles 18:1
“Now after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them, and took Gath and her towns out of the hand of the Philistines.”
The verse above comes right after the promise that God would bless David’s house forever. Because David did right and pursued the LORD with all of his heart, God promised that someone from David’s family would always sit on the throne of Israel.
You would think that with a blessing like this that David could have been filled with pride and stepped back from doing what he had done to receive God’s blessings. However, you can clearly see from the verse above that David did not retreat after being blessed by God, but he continued to go forward in his quest to please God.
The blessings of God can either be a blessing or a curse. God’s blessings will become a curse if you allow them to be your excuse to slow down from doing what you did to get those blessings. Many believers have found themselves wandering in the wilderness of mediocrity after being blessed by God. There are several things that I would like to point out to you about God’s blessings and how to keep them from becoming a curse.
First, God’s blessings are not a ticket to relax, but a challenge to serve. Instead of letting the blessings of God cause you to step back, they ought to be the catalyst that makes you want to do more for the LORD. If what you did for the LORD is what brought the blessings, then doing more will continue the blessings. If you don’t want to quench the blessings of God, you would be wise to let God’s blessings become the motivation to do more.
Second, God’s blessings are not a permit to sin, but a demand to be holy. Just because you have been blessed by God doesn’t mean that you can do what you want. The blessings of God should stir your heart to want to live a holy life. When you realize that God blessed you because you did right is when you will acknowledge the urgency to continue living a holy life.
Third, God’s blessings are not a trophy of your greatness, but a reminder to keep your eyes on God. Many believers have allowed the blessings of God to cause them to be filled with pride. You must always remember that it was God who gave you those blessings, and not yourself. Of yourself, you could never realize the blessings that God has given you. Don’t think higher of yourself just because of God’s blessings. God can take His blessings away from you as quickly as He gave them to you.
Fourth, God’s blessings are a revelation of your powerlessness and His omnipotence. It is only because of God’s omnipotence that you have been blessed to the degree He has blessed you. My friend, you should be in awe of God’s power that can bless a sinful human like you in spite of all that you have done in your life. You may be blessed by God, but always let His blessings remind you of your continued need for Him.
It should always be said once you have received God’s blessings that “after this” you did more for God. The greatest victories in David’s life came after the blessing, and the greatest accomplishments for God in your life should always come after He has blessed you.