We love our children and delight to bless them… no hidden agenda. On the other hand we’d be VERY disappointed if there was no expression of gratitude – no response that indicated what we had done for them was valued.
Our Heavenly Father blesses us out of His great heart of love! He doesn’t bless us to get something! It isn’t a case of earned blessing … You do this for me, and I’ll return the favor! In fact, the nature of His love is, “first love” (check out 1 John 4:19)
I’m sure, however, His great “Father heart” would be grieved if there were no loving response to his “blessing” and “favor!” In fact, my Bible reading this morning during “coffee with the Lord” clearly indicated the outcome and response He desires…
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us! So that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations! [His blessing and grace upon His people function as a testimony! It has “evangelistic value!”] Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy … Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!… God, our God, shall bless us! God shall bless us! Let all the ends of the earth fear him!” (From Psalm 67 ESV)
Oh, I want the Lord’s blessing upon my life to be a witness – a testimony that it pays to serve the Lord! I want people everywhere – “the nations” if you please – to see what love and blessing are enjoyed by those who serve “the Living God!” May it be so oh Lord – may it be so!!