Date: February 26
Category: Hard Work and Diligence
"For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your walking through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing."
Moses gives three sermons to the Israelites while they were wandering through the wilderness and this is the first sermon that he gives. He tells the children of Israel that they are going to buy food and water for money, so that they can eat and drink. It says in verse 7a, "For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand..."
It's interesting to notice here that the Israelites had money even though they were in the wilderness. That means that they still worked. So it doesn't matter where you are in your life situation, you still have to work for God to bless you. If you don't work, there is nothing that God can bless. So what do you want to be blessed in? Ask yourself, "What area in my life do I want to be blessed?"
If you want to be blessed in the spirit, then you've got to work for the things of the spirit. You have to read and meditate upon the Word of God, apply yourself to live according to God's Word and seek after the things of the spirit. If you want to be blessed in your workplace, then you have to do more than what's expected of you. If you want to be blessed in your marriage, then make the effort to understand one another. Learn how to best relate to each other. If you want to be blessed financially, not only do you have to work, but you also have to save and invest.
The Bible says here, "For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand…" In this case, it's clear to see that the blessing of God depends on what you and I do. This verse also says, "The Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing." In other words, you have enough of everything that you need without any lack whatsoever. What an amazing promise!
But remember we have to align our actions up to the Word of God and make sure we are doing what God wants us to do. When we know the will of God for our lives and then put forth an effort and work, God will bless our effort and we'll lack nothing. So God's blessing only comes to us when we work and when we work doing what God wants us to do according to His Word.
Let's say, for example, you want to do something that is completely against the will of God. You can't expect God to bless you. If you're not in obedience to Him, He cannot bless you. Let's say, for example, you decide to do nothing at all. You can't expect God to bless you then either. You can only be blessed in the areas that you're putting the effort in. When you put the effort, God says that He will be with you. There will be nothing lacking in your life.
Now I ask you a question. Is there something lacking in your life? If there is, then that is a clear indication that you're not where God wants you to be. God does not want you to lack anything. He wants you to put more effort in those areas that you are lacking, and when you do, He will be with you and bless you. Because God blesses you in all the work of your hand, He will make sure that you're not in lack.