More to a Blessing
Text: Ecclesiastics 6:2– A man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honour, so that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires; yet God does not give him power to eat of it, but a foreigner consumes it. This is vanity, and it is an evil affliction (New King James Version).
Here we have in contrast what we studied yesterday, Devotion for May 6, 2012. This passage is not a promise but I choose this text to bring to our notice that as we pray for blessings, we should pray that we will live to enjoy it. Indeed, it is unfortunate and sever affliction, for one to be carrying this kind of curse. Many have this curse upon them and they do not know about it. They make money for thieves, sickness, or other people to benefit from. For this reason, God spoke through Isaiah about the new covenant in Isaiah 65:20 – 23 that it will no longer be so again. Read that passage.
Adam Clarke noted that, “A man may possess much earthly goods, and yet enjoy nothing of them. Possession and fruition are not necessarily joined together; and this is also among the vanities of life. It is worthy of remark, that it belongs to God as much to give the power to enjoy as it does to give the earthly blessings.” It is the plague of God when the rich man does not have a liberal heart to use his riches.
Do you know that there are families that the oldest man is less than 50 years? In some families, the women do not stay in their husband’s house and some do not even marry. Though beautiful and honourable still there is no husband coming their way. All these and many more are the curses that Jesus came to break. As you accept Him today and begin a new life with Him, that curse will be broken. What He has deposited in you should be a benefit to you not a misfit.
Food for Thought: Do you make wealth and do not use it for something meaningful?
1) Worship God.
2) Ask God to deliver you and your family from any curse therein.
3) Decree that you will not labour for another to enjoy.