Before the Blessings
“A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”
Every person wants to be blessed, but few people are willing to do what it takes to get the blessings. The blessings of God are not entitlements because you are saved, but they are God’s reward for doing right. Don’t get upset with God because He isn’t blessing your; rather, look at your life and consider what is keeping His blessings from you. God’s blessings are not prejudiced or bigoted, but they are available to any person who chooses to do what God commands them to do to get the blessings. In this proverb, seven things are identified that must be done before you can experience blessings. Let me point out these seven things.
First, before the blessings there is learning. Verse 16 says, “The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor…” Many try dictating their way to possessions instead of learning how to do what is right to get God’s blessings. You may have the power to order people around, but you will never get God’s blessings on your life until you take the time to learn how to do what God wants you to do.
Second, before the blessings there is proper treatment of people. Verse 17 says, “A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit…” You can’t expect God’s blessings on your life when you don’t treat others right. Your treatment of others reveals your thoughts towards God. You can’t mistreat people and be right with God.
Third, before the blessings there is righteous living. Verse 18 says, “Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved…” You always find righteousness in the pathway of blessings. You cannot live a sinful and worldly life and expect to get God’s blessings. Doing right is one of the quickest ways of obtaining God’s blessings.
Fourth, before the blessings there is work. Too many people want God’s blessings without work, but God honors work. Verse 19 says, “He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread…” It is amazing how lucky those are who work hard. The harder you work, the luckier you will get. The harder you work, the more of God’s blessings you will experience. God’s blessings never fall on the lazy, but they will fall on those who work hard.
Fifth, before the blessings there are proper associations. Don’t expect God’s blessings when you associate with people who don’t do right. Verse 19 continues to say, “…he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.” Wrong associations pull you away from the pathway of the righteous to the path of compromise and sin. There are no blessings in the pathway of sin, but there are blessings that will abound to those who walk in the way of righteousness.
Sixth, before the blessings there is faithfulness. The verse above says that a “faithful man shall abound with blessings.” You can’t be unfaithful to God and be blessed. Many wonder why they’re not being blessed when all they have to do is look at their lack of faithfulness.
Seventh, before the blessings there is patience. The words “shall abound” mean they will come. My friend, you may be doing all of these things, but you mustn’t become impatient with them. If you will continue to do right, you will see God pour out His blessings on your life.