And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba. Genesis 22:15-19 ESV
Oh how we crave God’s favor and “in error” chase after His blessings. This passage clearly shows us what moves God to bless His children and under what circumstances He extends Divine favor. Because there is no higher authority, He declares “I have sworn by Myself” (v.16). God grants favor and chooses to bless His children solely upon His integrity as our sovereign Lord. We were never meant to chase after blessings. In fact, His blessings are mandated to “overtake us” when we obey His commands (cf. Deuteronomy 28:2; 1 Samuel 15:22).
In his quest for God, Abraham’s obedience moved God to honor His promise (v. 16). When God’s children obey the voice of His command He is moved to bless them (v.18). This is not something He “will do” as much as He has “already done.” Instead of saying, “Won’t He do it,” perhaps we should exclaim, “Won’t He did it!” Time applies to us only in the since that this is “when” our obedience occurs. Today, as in times past, God grants needs and lavishes His children with blessings according to His glorious riches through Christ Jesus when we obey Him (cf. Philippians 4:19). We are not waiting on God to bless us; He is waiting on us to obey Him.
Can there be a greater motivation to seek after Him? What does your quest for God entail?