“The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.” (Proverbs 10: 22, New International Version)
God’s blessings to us are not to be gained through pain and laborious effort. It isn’t by hardship and punishment and shame and trouble that we receive the riches of true wealth. God’s gift of Love to us is our wealth, our prosperity, our peace, because it brings with it all that is truly right and satisfying.
We can gratefully give up the belief that we have to work our way up to God’s grace—starting as miserable sinners and climbing arduously upward in hopes of a possible absolution. God did not create us in order to tease us with goodness and deprive us of it through punishing conditions. This is the liar’s mesmerizing belief, but it is not the Truth of our loving God Who is supreme over all.
The blessing of the Lord was given to you as an inheritance because you are the heir of Love, the very evidence and object of this all-embracing goodness. While we may at times find that human challenges do help us to grow in wisdom and an awareness of reality, God does not require these woes as a necessity to gaining His blessing. The treasure is and always has been ever-present and infinite Love—yours freely, plentifully, naturally, and right now.
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