In Isaiah 54 the
"desolate woman" is told by God to get ready. Get ready for the blessing
I am bringing your way. You don't have to see it coming, just trust me.
He calls her to make way for the blessing in faith that it will come.
And it comes in the form of service. Normally we wouldn't see this as
blessing. The steps of preparation he gives though all are about
accommodating people. Being hospitable and caring for the needs of
others. Strange idea of blessing? No.
"Then the King will say
to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take
your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of
the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was
thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you
invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you
looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'" Matthew
Laying down our lives for others is the door to
blessing. And God is faithful. "Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom
the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give
them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant
whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth,
he will put him in charge of all his possessions." Matthew 24:45-47
Lord also says, "I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly
plant them in this land with all my heart and soul." Jeremiah 32:41
course this is not tit for tat. God's economy is not ours. We can not
barter for favors. Yet we are assured of his pleasure in blessing his
children. He is a good, perfect and generous Father.
help us to faithfully strengthen the stakes of our character and
lengthen the cords of our hearts. Give us lives that are stretched
open wide, that your name would be glorified and we would know your
power and pleasure at work in our lives and the lives of those around
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