Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Doing what God can bless

The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and
in all that thou settest thine hand unto. (Deuteronomy 28:8)

If we obey the Lord our God He will bless that which He gives us.
Riches are no curse when blessed of the Lord. When men have more than they
require for their immediate need and begin to lay up in storehouses, the
dry rot of covetousness or the blight of hard-heartedness is apt to
follow the accumulation; but with God's blessing it is not so. Prudence
arranges the saving, liberality directs the spending, gratitude maintains
consecration, and praise sweetens enjoyment. It is a great mercy to
have God's blessing in one's iron safe and on one's banking account.

What a favor is made ours by the last clause! "The Lord shall bless
thee in all that thou settest thine hand unto." We would not put our hand
to anything upon which we dare not ask God's blessing, neither would we
go about it without prayer and faith. But what a privilege to be able
to look for the Lord's help in every enterprise! Some talk of a lucky
man: the blessing of the Lord is better than luck. The patronage of the
great is nothing to the favor of God. Self-reliance is all very well;
but the Lord's blessing is infinitely more than all the fruit of talent,
genius, or tact.

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