O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Deut. 5:29
No wonder God longed for [a heart devoted to Him], so that we might be the beneficiaries of His blessings. God cannot, of course, reward evil any more than He can be evil. (Morris, 5)
God desires to bring us good. He longs to bless us and to bring us joy. When we follow and obey Him, many times He will bless us, and will take great joy in doing that. Even when we struggle and when things go wrong, He wants to use it to teach us to trust Him and to ultimately be more intimate with Him, bringing good to us even out of evil things. We can see this in two examples, Israel and Hannah:
Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the statutes of his father David…The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy…Judah and Israel…lived in safety. 1 Kings 3:3; 4:20, 25
God loves to give good things to His children. When Solomon was king, God was pleased with Israel because of how Solomon, early in his reign, had followed God. He delighted in blessing Israel, growing their families, seeing His people happy, eating, drinking, and celebrating. He loves to see us thrive and bless us when we are in obedience too.
Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord. And she [said], “O Lord Almighty, if You will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me”…and the Lord remembered her…[Hannah said,] “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord”…And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. 1 Sam. 1:10-28; 2:21
In our women’s bible several months ago, the teacher spoke about how Hannah had put herself in a “position to be blessed”. She was not able to get pregnant, but trusted God and looked to Him to help her. He honored her trust in Him, and He “remembered her”. Then after she had her son, she kept her promise and gave him to God. And again He was pleased with her and was “gracious to her”. He blessed her with more children. You can see the sweet relationship here between God and Hannah. She trusted Him with a child-like faith, and He delighted in blessing her.
God can do the same thing for us. When we allow His Spirit to work in us, He will change us and give us a desire to please Him. Then we also will be in a position to be blessed.
I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good…I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good… Jer. 32:39-41
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