Genesis 32:26 “And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!””
The blessing of the Lord is what makes a person rich (full supplied, and sufficient in all areas) without toiling. Adam was originally given the blessing for the purpose of fulfilling his mandate (or business) on earth. God spoke to him in the blessing saying “be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth, subdue, and have dominion” (Gen.1:28). After Adam lost the blessing through sin, God reintroduce the blessing by covenant through Abraham. It was passed on from generation to generation. The Bible records of great success and wealth in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. Their success in business is attributed to the working of the blessing in their lives.
One of the things we see as it relates to the blessing is diligence. Diligence means to put in effort, determination in order to accomplish a task. If there was anything these people knew, it was the very fact that the blessing of the Lord does make rich (Prov.10:22). To be successful in business, you must know this also, that the key to success in the work of your hands is not putting in extra hours (though hard work is important), but it is the blessing that brings fruitfulness. When this is known, one must persistently provoke the blessing to be at work. This was Jacob’s story in Genesis 32:26, and likewise Jabez in 1 Chron. 4:10. A deep cry from the heart is able to bring about manifestations of the blessing in your life.
As a believer you are blessed in Christ (Eph.1:3), but what happens when your life is not reflecting the fruitfulness of the blessing. It is your responsibility to fight the fight the fight of faith. You must take up what God’s Word has said in the situation and wrestle with it. Be determined based on the leading of God, and by the faith built in the Word. Don’t get wimpy and whiny, but be strong in faith, prayer, and praise onto God. Do all you know that provokes the blessing. Many times in Scripture we see God say if you will do this, then the blessing shall come upon you. Seek out all such Scriptures and be determined to see the fruitfulness of the blessing as you wrestle.
Scriptures to Meditate: Deut.28:1-12, Lev.26:3-13, 1 Chron. 4:9-10, Prov.10:6, 22; 28:20