Friday, January 8, 2010

The Lord Is Longing To Bless You

This is my first post of 2010 and I want to begin by declaring to you Good News: the Lord is longing to bless you!

For those of you who do not have a good opinion of God, you would probably be thinking that this is just wishful thinking on my part, that I am preaching a feel-good gospel which is not based on scripture. Take a look at Isaiah 30:18 (Amplified Bible):

And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

God wants, in fact, He is expecting, looking and longing to bless you (and me)! You protest: "But look at me, where is my blessing? I am still in a lousy state!" Let me ask you: Have you been expecting, looking and longing for Him? Have you been expecting, looking and longing for His victory, His favour, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship? No? Then how can you be blessed? Because Isaiah 30:18 says Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

How about those who have been longing for His victory, His favour, etc but still have not seen them manifested? Take note that Isaiah 30:18 begins with "And therefore", so we have to look at the earlier verses to see the reason for the "And therefore":

Isaiah 30: 15-17 (Amplified Bible)
15For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not,
    16And you said, No! We will speed [our own course] on horses! Therefore you will speed [in flight from your enemies]! You said, We will ride upon swift steeds [doing our own way]! Therefore will they who pursue you be swift, [so swift that]
    17One thousand of you will flee at the threat of one of them; at the threat of five you will flee till you are left like a beacon or a flagpole on the top of a mountain, and like a signal on a hill.


Can you see it now? The Lord is longing to bless you but He is waiting for you to return to Him and rest in Him.  We can long for His blessing but we will not see it until we rest in Him. This is the Word of the season; this is the message which God wants us to hear, through the lips of Pastor Prince last Sunday - "Restful Increase", so let us labour to enter His rest.

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