1 Chronicles 26:5
“Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peulthai the eighth: for God blessed him.”
This chapter is a division of the porters of the tabernacle of God. A porter was a doorkeeper; he was the one who cared for people when they came into the tabernacle. One would never think that being a doorkeeper would be such a blessing, but Obededom was honored just to care for the doors of the tabernacle. He said in Psalm 84:10, “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” There was nothing greater for Obededom than to be at the doors of where God’s presence was, and it resulted in God’s blessings on his life.
I believe something is missed about being blessed of God. Before a person is blessed of God, they will be a blessing to God. The verse above says, “…for God blessed him.” When looking at this phrase in reverse it says, “him blessed God.” God blessed Obededom because he lived his life to be a blessing to God, and it resulted in God blessing him. You cannot live your life trying to be a blessing to God without God multiplying His blessings in your life. God will never allow you to out-give Him. Therefore, if you want God’s blessings on your life, you had best live to be a blessing to God. In this chapter, God shows several things you can do to be a blessing to Him.
First, being a person of valor will cause you to be a blessing to God. Verse 6 says about these men, “…for they were mighty men of valour.” In other words, they were fearless men who were not afraid to take a stand or to attempt great things for God. It is a blessing to God when He sees His people taking a stand for Him. It also blesses God when someone doesn’t listen to fear, but rather steps out by faith and attempts great things for God. People who have done great things for God were afraid, but they didn’t let their fear stop them from attempting great things for God. If there is nothing to cause you to be afraid when you attempt something for God, most likely it is not an attempt of faith. Faith attempts will have a cause to be afraid, but what makes it a faith attempt is that you step out in spite of the fear and trust God to come through when you take that step.
Second, being a person of service will cause you to be a blessing to God. Verse 8 says about some men that they were “able men for strength for the service…” You will never be a blessing to God by sitting and doing nothing. Sitting believers never do anything for God. Just because you go to church faithfully doesn’t make you a blessing to God. Certainly, you are being obedient to God by being faithful to church, but being a blessing to Him is accomplished through service. It is not a matter of how “prominent” the service for God may seem; God is blessed when someone simply serves Him, even if your service is being a doorkeeper in the church. God is blessed when someone is willing to do whatever is needed to serve Him.
Third, God is blessed when you don’t easily quit. Verse 9 calls these men “strong men.” In other words, they didn’t look for ways to quit; they looked for a way to continue. If little things cause you to quit, you will find it hard to be a blessing to God. My friend, stop being easily offended; stop letting little things cause you to quit. Instead, get a tough skin and be strong to continue in the tough times, and that will cause you to be a blessing to God.