CELEBRATE HIS BLESSINGS!
Date: March 28
Category: The Goodness of God
"For seven days you shall keep a solemn Feast to the Lord your God in the place which the Lord chooses; because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the works of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful."
God is actually telling the Israelites to have a feast, meaning a celebration and a time of rejoicing. It's good that we have periods throughout the year when we celebrate during such days as birthdays, Christmas, Easter, etc. During those celebrations, we rejoice and give thanks to God for His goodness.
This passage says that the Israelites should celebrate the Feast of the Lord for seven days. Why should they celebrate for seven days? It says, "..because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the works of your hands…" So no matter what you do, whether you're studying in school or working at a job, God will increase everything you put your hands to. God will bless every effort of your hands, this verse says. But it's important to remember this: no effort equals no blessing. In order to be blessed, you have to give an effort.
In Proverbs 14:23 we read, "In all labor there is profit, but idle talk leads only to poverty." So just talking about things won't amount to anything. But putting forth an effort does. There is always profit gained when there is labor done. So when you put an effort in your work, you have nothing to worry about. God will pour upon your life a divine blessing because of the efforts that you give.
Why will God pour His blessing upon your efforts? Well let's examine the last part of Deuteronomy 16:15. "..so that you will be altogether joyful." God wants you to be joyful. That's why He will bless you. In this passage, He says that you should go and celebrate the fact that He is going to bless you according to your efforts. That means you should enjoy life.
Ecclesiastes 9:7-9 tells us how to rejoice in the things that God blesses us with. In verse 7 it says, "Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart [if you are righteous, wise, and in the hands of God], for God has already accepted your works." So God has already accepted your works, meaning He has already noticed your efforts and has blessed you accordingly. So you can now go and enjoy the things that He has blessed you with, such as the food and drink that He gives.
Then verse 8 says, "Let your garments be always white [with purity], and let your head not lack [the] oil [of gladness]." So enjoy the things you have to make yourself look and smell nice. Enjoy the clothes that God blesses you with the perfume that you have.
Then in verse 9 we read, "Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun – all the days of futility. For that is your portion in this life and in your work at which you toil under the sun." So if you're married, enjoy your wife. She is the reward that you receive for all the hard work that you do on the earth. So it's important to have fun with your wife.
So we learn from the verse in Deuteronomy that God wants us to celebrate because He is going to bless every work of our hands. He blesses us so that we will be joyful. Then in Ecclesiastes we read about how to enjoy the blessings of God. It is God's desire that we live joyfully with all the things we have been blessed with. After we put forth an effort, God promises to bless us. Once He does, He wants us to celebrate and enjoy His blessings by living joyfully. That is the will of God for us today!