"Bless me, Lord!" It seems like this is a common cry amongst Christians and indeed may even sound like it is something we should do. I'm not going to debate that issue for of course we want the blessings of the Lord but as I think about this, three questions arise in my mind.
What are we doing to bless the Lord?
What are we doing to bless others?
What are we doing to enable God to bless us?
As I read the Psalms of David, a common theme appears time and time again. David blesses the Lord. He is constantly giving thanks to God, even in the midst of adversity and despair. Yes, he is in pain and distress and unlike some of us, he does not pretend he is not. Yet through it all, he praises, he blesses God. Do you?
The Word of God tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Do you love to get "blessed"? Well, so does everyone else. This means we are to make it a point to be a blessing to others. Do you?
Finally, although the old saying "God helps those who help themselves" is not in the Bible (the gods help those who help themselves is a quote from Aesop's Fables, actually), there is some truth to it. We may cry out to God to heal us but we don't bother to take care of ourselves. We plead with God to give us the means to pay our bills but then we foolishly spend what He has given us on other things for our own enjoyment. We ask God to provide us with a new job but we don't bother to prepare ourselves for one, look for one, etc. In other words, we don't use the tools God gave to us. We simply want it handed to us.
It is easy for us to come to God with our prayer requests. Indeed, we should but when I hear requests for more money, boyfriends/girlfriends/friendships, closer relationship with God, etc, I cannot help but wonder... are there things we can do on our own to improve these situations and if so, are we doing them?
Just something to think about...
K, this is something I've been thinking about a lot lately. It seems we are always trying to recruit God to our side, to seek compromise with Him over the things WE want to do.
Just doesn't work that way, does it?