Why Does God Bless Us?

The short answer to that question is probably – He shouldn’t. We certainly don’t deserve His blessing. Anything good about us is because of Him. Anything that we’ve accomplished that is right is because of Him. So in reality God shouldn’t bless us because it’s not about us it’s about Him.

But the longer answer is that God does want to bless you. He has a history of blessing people who don’t deserve to be blessed. He blessed Adam and Eve in the Garden (Genesis 1:29) until they rebelled and even blessed them after they sinned (Genesis 5:1-5). He promised blessing to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3); to Israel (see blessing sections in Deuteronomy), even after they sinned (Jeremiah 29:11); and to believers today (Matthew 6:33, Ephesians 1:3, Philippians 4:19 to name a few). God is a God of blessing.

Certainly His blessings do not exist in a vacuum. There are often other factors that play into God’s blessings. Number one on the list is obedience. But that’s for another time. The point is that God blesses us. But why?

Why would God have a desire to give us what we don’t deserve? Why would He give us things that we haven’t earned? The answer is simply because He loves us. His blessings flow out of His heart of love.

It’s also fair to say that God enjoys blessing us. It brings happiness to the heart of God to bless us.

But there’s more – and it’s even more to the point. God doesn’t bless us just for us, He blesses us for Himself. This is the bottom line when it comes to God’s blessing.

The Psalmist understood this concept. He wrote, God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, [so]

    that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations

(Psalm 67:1-2).

Later in the same Psalm he wrote, God shall bless us and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him (verse 7).

God’s blessing is primarily for His own glory. It’s so that people will understand His way of living; that they will see Christ; that they will give Him the honor He deserves as God.

When people see God blessing us it should provoke in them a sense of the wonder and awe of Who God Is. It should cause them to want to know this wonderful God.

Along with that, and perhaps associated with that idea, is that we benefit at the same time from His blessing. We get to go along for the ride as it were. God blesses us for His own glory and we reap the benefits.

Our desire should be for God’s blessing. We should want it. We should crave it. We should ask for it. Not to satisfy the selfish longings of our hearts, but because of what it will do for God and for our fellow-men.

Stay in the Word
Pastor Steve


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