“And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;”
Sometimes, people forget that the only reason they enjoy blessings is not because of themselves, but because they are getting the overflow of blessings from someone else. It is easy for a child whose parent is being blessed of God to think that they are something because of the blessings. However, the danger in this thinking is that when they leave home they don’t have the same blessings that they used to have because they left the place where the overflow of blessings occurred.
It says in the verse above, “And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark…” It would be easy for the cattle and every living thing to think that they were blessed, but when you look at the verse above carefully, you will realize that they were remembered and blessed by God because of Noah. Noah is the focus of God’s attention; it just so happens that these animals were in the same ark with him. These animals were enjoying the overflow of blessings because of Noah. These animals were not on the ark because of themselves, but they were on the ark because Noah brought them onto the ark. The animals would have died like all the other animals that were not on the ark if they left the ark. They were blessed because they enjoyed the overflow of blessings from Noah.
Many people have made the mistake of leaving where they enjoyed the overflow of God’s blessings and then become disenchanted with God because they never realized that the blessings they received were because of someone else and not because of themselves. Let me give you a few thoughts about enjoying the overflow of blessings.
First, God’s blessings are for everyone. God doesn’t choose to bless one person and not another because He likes one person more than the other, but God chooses to bless an individual because they do right and do what it takes to get God’s blessings. The difference between the one who is getting the blessings and the one who is not is their obedience to God and their prayer life. You can have the same blessings of God on your life like any other person from the past. God can bless your ministry like He blessed the ministry of a man of God from the past if you are willing to do what they did to get God’s blessings. God can bless your life like He has blessed another believer’s life if you are willing to pay the price for God’s blessings like they did.
Second, you would be wise to stay under the overflow of blessings until God makes you the source of the overflow. Many people have left where the blessings are happening only to regret that move and wish they could have those blessings again. I have watched many people leave a church that God is blessing only to regret that move for the rest of their lives. Many church staff men have left a ministry too early when they should have stayed until they became the source of God’s overflow themselves. Until you become the source of God’s blessings, stay under that source so that God can use you in your present condition.
Third, don’t be satisfied with just having the overflow. My friend, one day the source of the overflow of blessings will die, and you will live life with the memories of God’s blessings if you don’t get those same blessings on yourself.