Can you tell I am excited?*shines teeth again* I am very excited, but we shall talk about that later on in this post.
The blessing of the Lord brings wealth. Trouble doesn’t come with it. Proverbs 10 v 22 NIRV
Those were the words that kept popping up in my head weeks ago, more precisely, in the KJV: The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it. I looked up different versions of this passage and fell in love with the New International Reader’s Version.
You know it is very easy to read the Word everyday, and become too familiar with it. There’s a good familiarity- being armored with the Word and constantly feeding on it. Now, that’s great! But there’s the bad familiarity- where the Word is read with no caution or anticipation of transformation because there’s a cloud of ‘I have read/seen it all’ preventing a hunger for a new revelation.
I couldn’t for the life of me, understand why every morning I woke up, in the span of two weeks, those were the words the Holy Spirit ministered to my heart. However, as I type out this post, I am beginning to understand what God was doing with His Word. He was exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of my heart.
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do. Hebrews 4 v 12-13 AMP
Just as the above passage states, my unconscious thoughts were sighted by God, and for those two weeks, even without my knowledge, He corrected a thought and attitude with His word- Proverbs 10 v 22.
Proverbs is from Solomon, the wise man and firstly from God, because….
Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3 v 16 AMP
So in my unconsciousness, the Word of God was transforming my heart, everyday that I had to meditate on that passage. With the few words to follow, I am trusting that the Spirit of God will rest upon us with a liberating fire to cast out every thought and imagination that is not of Him, of which we have become accustomed to.
Sometime ago, I shared a portion of what life was at my former place of work, and how challenging it was, and how Christ graced me to remain faithful, drawing strength from Him, and walking in the understanding that I work as unto the Lord, not my employer. Read about that, hereWell, months after that phase is over, there was still a struggle. You see, even though, my working at that place wasn’t all negative experiences, there were statements and experiences that I obviously needed healing from. I won’t go into details about the experiences, but God had shut the door of that phase, but I was haunted by some words said and some experiences, that I was not fully walking in the blessing of the new phase I am in now.
You see, we go through trying times, and God’s purpose through the fire is for us to come out pure as gold, but some of us do make it out of the fire, but cannot fully walk in the reality of the fact that: the gift of the Lord maketh rich and addeth no sorrow. It is not a cliché, it is the Word of God, so it is true. It is Active. It is operative now. It is not an experience of the old age.
I woke up some mornings telling myself that I was praying to God, with the right attitude, when the propelling force of my prayer concerning my work, was fear, instead of Faith. Fear, that the blessing of not having to experience the challenges from my previous work, was a mirage, it was not real. A part of me was saying: Lord, I trust you that you opened this door, but another part of me was getting prepared for the worst, if a repetition of the past occurs. And this was not the will of God.
If there’s anything I have come to understand about our loving father, it is the fact, that He is a thorough Master. Very detailed. He is not One who is okay with His children walking ‘half-baked’ in the reality of His will. For a master who detests lukewarmness, you can’t expect Him to be okay with we, His children, walking in half-wholeness.
So, when He says: My blessing is to make you rich/wealthy, with no sorrow. It is not all about materialism, it is more than that. It is wholeness on a different level, and in all spheres of our lives. It is being partakers of His promises, with the assurance that He is constantly our defense.
When the bible talks about ‘no sorrow’, we should not mistake it with challenges. For every blessing, there are responsibilities, sacrifices, things that challenge us, which comes with elevation, but you never receive the blessing of God and have moments where disasters/sorrows outweighs the blessings.
How many of us are taking two steps forward and four steps backward because the enemy has sown seeds of fear, that a repeat of the happenings in the wilderness will occur again? How many of us are walking in the shadow of the real deal- the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon us, because our present ‘morning’ feels too good to be true, that frequent ‘night’ experiences should even it out, is the expectation?
Stop short-changing yourself. Stop having a distorted picture of God’s handwork. God is a good God, and is still in the business of blessing with no sorrow. Don’t get used to the wilderness that you cannot enjoy the mountain.
I am reminded of the Israelites, when they were crossing the red sea, on their way to the Promised land, they were still thirsty for the hard life, even with the miracle of eating fresh made food from Heaven. They could not trust that God is faithful to continue providing for them in strategic ways, they feared that at some point, they’ll be stranded, and maybe, just maybe, the life they lived in Egypt will be better than the life of the Promised land.
Our trying times are for a moment, and for a purpose, let us not turn a teaching/building experience into a torturous one.
So if you have had a bad relationship, a bad job, a bad childhood or upbringing….etc, that is not the end. And if that phase has ended, let it stay where it belongs- in the past.
I pray that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened, that we be set free from the bondage of fear of a repeat of the past. I pray that the Holy Spirit will minister life to us, that we will have a revelation of the truth that: The blessing of God makes rich, and addeth no sorrow. Amen!
Please feel free to share experiences and lessons of times when you feared that maybe the blessings of God needs to have a lil’ sorrow in it…
P.S: And back to the reason why I am excited, I am just amazed at how real the Word of God has been in my life, and did I forget to say that I had an amazing birthday too? Oh yes, I did! Well, I am just so happy because God is real in my life. I cannot really express in words, right now, how that fuels uncontrollable joy, but I will…very soon
PT TIP OF THE DAY
The worst of my fears has come true, what I’ve dreaded most has happened. Job 3 v 25 MSG
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