Class 7: How to Obtain the Blessings of God (Part 1)
In our last lesson, we concluded our study titled, “Get to Know Your Creator.” Today, we are going to begin our study from Letters to Young Black Men titled, “How to Obtain the Blessings of God.”
As we begin this lesson, consider these words from D.L. Moody: “Every work of God can be traced to some kneeling form.”
Let’s begin by reading a portion from Letters to Young Black Men:
At this writing, I am sitting in my vehicle in front of a United Parcel Service office in Hamden, Connecticut, waiting for them to open so that I can pick up an important package.
By the way, so that you will know, due to the nature of my work, I travel a lot, so I will be writing these letters from all over the United States. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, mostly raised in New Bern, North Carolina, and at this writing I reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
I trust that you have come to know your Creator, God, by believing in His Son, Jesus Christ as your Saviour. That is, indeed, the most important thing that you will ever do in your life. Congratulations, if you have made that all important decision. If perhaps you have not done so, please do not procrastinate, for tomorrow, as they say, is not promised you.
Now, in this letter, I would like to share with you how it is that you can obtain the coveted blessings of God in this life. Those who are genuinely happy and successful in this life are those who have been blessed by God. You may ask, “well, what is a blessing, anyway?” I’ve heard older folks in my family use the term often, and I myself used to wonder, “What is a blessing?” Well, according to Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, it means:
To make happy: give good fortune or satisfaction to; confer prosperity upon…
According to the Nelson Bible Dictionary blessed means:
God blesses people by granting prosperity or well-being in the form of both physical and spiritual grace.
And according to the New Westminster Dictionary of the Bible, blessed or blessing means:
To bestow divine favor and confer divine benefits. Favors, advantages, conferred by God, and bringing pleasure or happiness in their lives.
From these definitions, friend, we see that blessings from God are very important in this life if we are to be truly happy and prosperous. How can we as young black men obtain these needed blessings for our lives?
First of all, we must have the right attitude toward our parents. Regardless of your home situation, those who are considered your parents and/or guardians, are deserving of your love, respect and honor. Even after you are grown and out on your own, you ought to respect and honor your parents even though you may disagree with them and travel your own path. And no matter what your age, if you are still under your parents’ roof and authority, you ought to obey them as the Bible states in Ephesians 6:1-3: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: For this is right. Honour thy father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
Now, please pull out your printed book study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
- Those who are genuinely happy and successful in this life are those who have been divinely blessed by God.
- To be blessed is to be favored by the Lord. He loves to pour out His grace upon unworthy, yet faithful children. Blessings of the Lord can come in many forms. For example, they may be physical gifts such as maintaining good health, attaining monetary blessings, etc. These blessings can also be spiritual, thus, allowing us to experience the presence and power of God in our daily lives. Regardless of their form, God’s blessings are always undeserved yet highly treasured.
It is clear that the blessings of God are integral in attaining true happiness and prosperity. So, what can you do to obtain these blessings?
- First of all, we must have the right attitude toward our parents.
Check It Out
Read these verses and note what they say about children’s relationship to their parents:
- Proverbs 1:8-9: “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”
Whether you admit it or not, your parents have lived on this earth longer than you and have experienced much more than you have. Thus, they probably know a lot that you do not. Respect them, listen to their advice, and remember their teachings. Your entire life will be blessed as a result of such submission and obedience.
- Colossians 3:20: “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.”
An attitude of obedience and respect is not only pleasing to your parents, but it actually delights the true Father. Even during those times that your parents seem irrational and disrespectful you need only remember that your obedience is bringing a smile to the Father’s face. If you can embrace humility and an attitude of service, God will truly be able to use you to accomplish endless purposes throughout your life. We must be faithful to God in our circumstances here and now if we ever expect to be used by Him in future, more independent situations.
- What else can we learn from Ephesians 6:1-3?
If you are unwilling to treat your earthly guardians with the dignity they deserve, then how can you ever expect to be able to treat the Heavenly Father with the immense submission and affection He is due? The Bible says that he who is faithful in small things will be trusted with greater things. If you fail to relate to your parents in a respectful, obedient manner, it is quite likely that you will interact with God in the same way. Thus, you will miss out on the opportunity to do great things for His name. For, He will not call a child who unashamedly harms His holy reputation. So, it seems that the real question has to do with whether or not you are seeking to live for yourself or for your Heavenly Father. If you are living for Him, it will be evidenced by a life of inherent respect and submission to others. It is in this ability to be God-minded and not self-minded that true freedom is discovered.
That concludes our study for this class. We will pick up here in our next lesson.