While rounding up sheep, I came across a patch of ground that has always been bare, but something was different. It was totally covered with lush green grass. It was so beautiful and I just stopped to admire it for a few minutes then I moved on looking for sheep.
Looking at that grass reminded me of something about God. God is all powerful and can do anything. For instance he can turn a salty sea into fresh water or fresh water into salty. He can also make barren wastelands in fertile lush valleys, (Isaiah 32:15). But there are two kinds of blessings, one is material and the other is spiritual.
The Bible talks a lot about the material being connected to the spiritual. If we trust Him there is promise of prosperity, (Proverbs 28:25). Obedience is very important in receiving God’s blessing whether it be spiritual or material, (Deuteronomy 29:9, 30:8&9). Living in the way or doing what pleases God is very important. (1 Chronicles 22:13). Material blessings do not always mean God is pleased or that He is not going to punish us, (Psalms 10:2-5).
Trying to hide sin will or can hinder both material and spiritual blessings, (Proverbs 28:13). We can have our cake and eat it too. We can enjoy good health and both material and spiritual prosperity, but just remember God is the provider of these things, (3rd John verse 2). See you in Church next Sunday.