“Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.” -Psalm 119:1
What does it mean to be blessed? To be blessed by God? The Lord’s favor is on those He blesses. Only the children of God have tasted and experienced the favor of Him who has rescued their souls from endless, Godless torment. Even if the wicked enjoy material wealth, power, success, popularity and temporal happiness, the saints of God are the ones eternally rich in the blessings of Christ. Do you remember the story Jesus told of the rich man and the poor beggar Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)? Who was the one who stood by Abraham’s side in Heaven? Our temporal circumstances do not indicate whether we are favored by God or not. This was particularly helpful for me when I recently needed an eternal perspective check-up. My temporal reality was causing despair, but you and I must remember this life is not the whole picture. Our story begins here, but last forever with God for those who are in Christ.
Take heart when evil prevails. God will have His perfect justice. And which side will you be on? The true believer committed to faithfully walking the path of righteousness will hear on that day “Well done good and faithful servant! Come and share your Master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:14-30). As His children persevere in holiness day in and day out, we learn not to be consumed by the cares of this world but look heavenward, walking worthy of the calling we have received. This does not mean Christians are to disengage with the affairs of this world, but use our gifts and resources to exercise godly dominion as commanded by God (Genesis 1:26-28). Keeping this in mind, Christians also realize we are not God, but must trust in His loving sovereignty to rule all things (Daniel 2:20-22). I am just a vessel for His service.
The Apostle Paul comforted the church in Corinth with these words:
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is seen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
Jesus Christ has covered all of God’s elect in His robe of righteousness, in exchange for our filthy rags. Now the Lord says this is His way, walk in it and be eternally blessed.
Grace upon grace,
The sermon I heard on the rich man and the poor beggar is by John MacArthur. You can listen to it here.
A hymn of hope as you persevere: Day by Day