Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 16, 2014

“I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 6:22-27.

“22 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:

24 The Lord bless you, and keep you;

25 The Lord make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;

26 The Lord lift up His countenance on you,

And give you peace.’

27 So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.”   Numbers 6:22-27.

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Do we really believe God will bless us?  Or, do we just wait and see? 

Do we really believe that God will fully bless us?  Or, do we just believe that the blessing will be “just” heaven? 

Do we treasure the benediction with eager open hands full of faith?  Or, do we just view the benediction as an unimportant conclusion to the worship service? 

Our belief that God will bless us is important.  It is an element of faith.  “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6.

Our belief that God will bless us is so important that He interposed an oath.

“For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.”  And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.  For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute.  In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.  This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”  Hebrews 6:13-20.

And, the consequences of unbelief can be severe.

“Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.”  Hebrews 3:12.

“Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.  For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also;  but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”  Hebrews 4:1-2.

So, let us be encouraged.  Let us grow in knowledge and faith.  Let us take hold of the hope set before us.  Let us reach out eagerly for the benediction and promises of God with open hands full of faith.

“7 You have put gladness in my heart,
More than when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.”  Psalm 4:7-8.

“The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.”  Psalm 29:11.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,”  Ephesians 1:3.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:32.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;  The Lord gives grace and glory;  No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11.

“Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23:6.


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