Do you desire God’s favor, grace and blessing?

I think we all do .I wonder though. Have we ever asked ourselves “Why?” we should desire it?

In my walk as a Christian I have found myself coming through many phases. One of those phases was coming out of the idea that God wanted me to have good stuff going on in my life so I could be comfortable. I began to realize that the benefits I receive as a Christian aren’t for me, but rather they are for God. Sure, I get the rewards of them, but in the end they aren’t for me.

 

Psalm 67:1 (NIV84)

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face shine upon us, Selah

That certainly sounds like a good desire. A Jewish desire. A Christian desire. Did you notice it doesn’t end with a period though?
There is a comma.

Psalm 67:2 (NIV84)

2 that your ways may be known on earth,

your salvation among all nations.

Sometimes I get so caught up in myself, what I want, what I desire, what I think is best, that I lose sight of what it’s all about. (I know, it sounds like I’m having a Rick Warren moment). I “want, desire and think” myself into the lie that God does all these things because I have finally aligned myself with what He wants, desires and thinks. I have found his favor because of my solid effort in psycho analyzing the creator of the universe and have finally cracked the code of His will to receive His good gifts.
This isn’t the only Psalm that reveals the reason that God does good things for us.

Psalm 23:3 (NIV84)

3 he restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.

God is revealing Himself and doing these amazing things in our lives and the world so the lost and found of this world will recognize Him and revel in His goodness.

 

This may not answer all of the theological questions that come to our minds. However, it is a worthy truth of our God to meditate upon.