“They captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness.” Neh 9:25
God’s desire is to lead you from the wilderness to a place of rest and abundance – from a place where you wander and just get by to a life characterized by God’s favour on all you do. God wants you to have a life that cannot simply be explained by your own efforts.
The Children of Israel moved from the wilderness into the Promised Land through the miraculous deliverance of God. They were able to enjoy fertile lands and live in houses they didn’t build. God placed them in a position of abundance through no effort of their own where they could revel in His great goodness. To a place where they were able to full-heartedly enjoy the goodness of God.
At times I start to believe that I am responsible for any success I have had in my life. I convince myself that my hard work, my persistence and even my good works have made this happen. God reminds us over and over again in the bible that everything we have comes from Him.
Whatever we have – our jobs, positions or possessions – they do not come about because of our efforts but because of God’s great goodness. He is the true source.
God blesses us because He loves us; He wants to bring blessing into your life – to your work, your family, finances and relationships. Not so that you can enjoy them for what they are but so that you can revel in the great goodness of God!