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10/21/2021 6:51:00 AM
Blessings Are Not Rewards

In the closing verses of Job, we are reminded that God restored to Job all that had been taken from him and more. It was not a reward. It was a blessing! How many times are we under the impression we have earned our blessings? Yet, the nature of our God is to bless His children. When I was a child, I had chores to do. I didn’t get paid for doing those chores; they were just activities I performed as my family responsibility. I didn’t get praised often for those chores and I certainly didn’t get paid for them. This being said, when we do what pleases Him as Christians, we are not buying God off, bribing God, or earning His favor. What we do for Him serves us in the long run. However, even as an earthly human being, when my children do all they are expected to do, I look for ways to help them out. I look for ways to bless them.

Being paid or rewarded for everything we do for God removes the blessing of His love and replaces it with an entitled mentality. Serving the Lord without expectation for personal benefit is still a benefit in our favor because we are doing what the Lord desires. Growing up, when I cleaned my room I didn’t get paid for it, I simply found it easier to navigate in my space. However, you can be sure my mother was happy about it.

Job holding to his faith in the middle of trauma and tragedy is wise, but not so God will pay Him with blessings. Still yet, there was a blessing bestowed upon Job in the end. Even when Job challenged God for his suffering, He still trusted in God. Ultimately, God reminded Job as Creator who was there from the beginning and Job humbled himself in the presence of God, Almighty. Now consider the uniqueness of God’s blessing. Job had not earned it, but God blessed him with what he had before and afterwards even more. The story here is Job accepted it all by the hand of God.

This moves me forward to the story of Jesus. He sent us Jesus while we were sinners. That is a huge blessing. We haven’t earned it, even when we do good things for others for which God would be pleased. Jesus is the blessing beyond our humanity and we can receive Him or not. There is a host of blessings attached to Jesus and our trust in Him when we receive Him. The rejection of this blessing is a pathway that lives absent of the directional qualities that pleases God and blesses humanity. Receiving God’s blessings through Jesus is a gift from God. In the story of Job, he received God’s blessings. In our story, we should receive God’s blessings in Jesus. It seems to me, God is still trying to bless His children if we will accept and receive Him.

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