Blessings in This Life and the Next

“Now these things were our examples to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they lusted.”

— 1 Corinthians 10:6

What happened to people in the Old Testament provides lessons for people of all time. The fact that God will bless us and cause us to succeed and prosper if we seek and obey Him is seen clearly in the Old Testament. If the blessings or the cursings had come into the next world, which is invisible to our eyes, there could have been no example unto us at all, for we would not have known whether they had been blessed or not. And we may well have supposed that those who lived wickedly were blessed in the future life, and those that lived godly were not.

I think that one of the greatest decisions every person in this world has to make is to decide: What is the source of blessing and success and prosperity? I also think that every Christian should seek those things—and I am not talking about worldly success and prosperity per se, though God may be pleased to grant that to you, but that our life should be a success. By that I mean, we will accomplish that for which God created us for we have been made for His glory. Everyone must answer this question in his own heart: Where is the source of my blessing and my success? James tells us “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no change or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

“Come Thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy praise. Streams of mercy never ceasing call for songs of loudest praise.” Thank You, Jesus, my Fount of every blessing. Let me always be grateful for what You give me…