“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 14:3).
God’s love is everlasting and His graces never end. But if we do not do our part in the relationship we share with God we could either miss out on His many blessings, cause them to be delayed in our lives, or worst yet we can cause the blessings that were meant for us never to come because we did not fulfill God’s hope for us.
In the Old Testament’s book of Genesis 12:2-3 God told Abraham that he would one day be the father of many nations. In fact, Abraham’s name, of whom the Lord changed from Abram to Abraham, means “father of many.” God made Abraham a promise that if he was faithful, he would one day be the father of many, even into his old age. And although Abraham believed God and lived as His faithful servant, it was a long wait before Abraham and his wife Sarah was able to conceive their first child; she was 90 and he was 100 years old. Such a story makes us wonder why it took so long before the Lord blessed Abraham with his first born as He had promised. Although we will never know the reason for God’s timing and intensions in any of His decisions, one possible guess could be that Sarah in her spirit was somehow not ready for this blessing earlier on in their lives, or perhaps she missed the opportunity when God sent the grace their way?
In life there are very few situations where the effects of an event could be so isolated that it affects only one person’s life. Because of this, the answers to our prayers too are sometimes delayed just as Abraham’s was. On the other hand, sometimes God is unable to grant us our blessing because we are not spiritually ready. Perhaps someone has hurt us in the past and we have not yet been able to forgive them. Such an unyielding act of the heart can cause us to be far from God’s graces. Or maybe we hold a lot of anger, hostility, hatred, and resentment in our heart against our enemy and thus, we are obstructing God’s graces from penetrating into our hearts and lives. The point is that as long as we are blinded by sin our eye will never see the graces of God work in our lives, even if we live till 100 years.
But we are lucky in that we have a very patient Lord, who could wait forever if in the end it meant we returned to Him with a humble and loving heart. For because we are heirs to God’s Kingdom, all of His graces and blessings are already ours – if we would only and could only keep a faithful spiritual heart, then God would be ready to grant us our prayers at anytime.