Are you comparing your life to the lives of other Christians and feeling as though you have been “skipped over” by God’s blessings? The question, “why isn’t God blessing my life?” is one that many people wonder about. Some remember everything they were doing properly, while others grumbled that God wasn’t maintaining His half of the relationship with them.
Scripture teaches us that our God is a kind and generous being who delights in showering his offspring with pleasant things (Matt. 7:11). On the other hand, given that God is aware of our intentions, our capacities, and the future that lies ahead for us, the fact that He chooses not to reward us in a particular area may even be a benefit in and of itself.
You haven’t sought God’s help.
How often do we complain to God that He hasn’t supplied for us, even though we haven’t taken the initiative to ask Him for what we require? How often do we become angry at God when he hasn’t provided for us? God certainly is aware of our requirements. But what He wants is for us to connect with Him in which we may approach Him in trust and ask for the things we require.
According to the Bible, you do not have what you need because you do not pray to God (James 4:2). And Jesus said to those who followed him, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:24)
Begin to direct your questions toward God and discover what he has to teach you about prayer, trust in him, and to show gratitude.
You have not made your request in good faith.
If you are praying to God for guidance, but He is not hearing your plea, it is possible that you are not praying with faith, meaning that you do not sincerely believe that He will answer your prayer. According to what Jesus taught His disciples, if they have faith, they will get everything they pray for (Matthew 21:22), and whatever they pray for, they should think that they have already gotten it, and whatever they ask for will be theirs (Mark 11:24).
Jesus instructed that if a person believes, then everything is attainable for them (Mark 9:23). If you find it difficult to believe that, pray to God for aid and ask him to remove your doubt. Jesus saw the earnestness of the man who made a request and continued by saying, “Help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
You are asking the wrong questions for the wrong reasons.
Have you ever wondered why God does not grant the wishes of those who pray to win the lottery? James 4:3 enlightens us with the truth: When we seek, we do not receive since we request with impure intentions that we might squander what we obtain on our indulgences.
Try praying for God’s mercies that will enable you to help others be blessed. Another option is to pray that God will bless those around you before He blesses you. According to Psalm 37:4, if you delight yourself in the Lord, He will grant you the things your soul craves. If you find fulfillment and satisfaction in Him, it will bring joy to His heart to fulfill the wishes you have for Him.
The focus is all on you.
“I,” “me,” and “my.”
You often grumble about how God hasn’t satisfied you but never ask what you can do to make him happy. You don’t give much thought to your devotion or that your Father would be happy to bless a child who is obedient to him. In fact, you may never have regarded God as a Father-child connection.
No one has a right to expect a blessing from God since He is not a glamorized Santa Claus. God may choose not to benefit your life if you focus on yourself. What He is or isn’t providing until you turn your attention away from yourself and toward Him (Luke 9:23). Rather than worrying about whether or not God is benefitting you, those who have “died to self” (Galatians 2:20) concentrate on how they might bless God.
You still harbor sin that has to be dealt with.
Do you hope that God will provide you with a job? A raise in pay? How about achieving your goal? The connection you have with God and the rewards He bestows on you might be negatively impacted by sin that has gone unconfessed. If you want to know God, you need to know about relationships.
Therefore, if He is not blessing you, it may be due to disobedience or because you have not yet fully surrendered your sinful ways to Him.
The sin of another has an immediate effect on you.
If you are careful and diligent with your finances, but God is still not rewarding you materially, you might want to investigate the actions and purchase habits of anybody who uses the same bank account. Although God does not punish us for the faults of others, the effects of the crimes and carelessness of people who are physically or emotionally near to us can sometimes have a ripple effect on us.
The timing that God has chosen is not the same as yours.
According to Ecclesiastes 3:1, there is a proper time and place for everything under the sun. This involves a period of prosperity. God may want you to learn patience and trust in Him before He blesses you with something.
As the Bible testifies, God’s methods and His Word are faultless (Psalm 18:30). He bestows His benefits on us at the appropriate times and not at the wrong ones.
He wants you to persevere.
Have you lost faith in God’s ability to provide particular benefits for you, or have you just given up hoping for them? Perhaps you haven’t been determined enough thus far.
Jesus told his disciples a tale in Luke 18:1-8 to teach them the importance of prayer and never losing hope (verse 1). God may just want you to keep praying because He cares more about your connection with Him than He does about answering your prayers. Stay strong. There’s a chance that His mercy is just around the bend.
What you want isn’t healthy for you.
The Bible teaches that the source of all good and perfect gifts is the Almighty God, the Father of the celestial lights, who does not sway like the haze (James 1:17). However, sometimes we seek or anticipate things of God without first considering whether or not they are good and beneficial for us.
God’s protective nature may keep us from asking for things that aren’t in our best interests. If that’s the case, the “good thing” we’ve come to expect may not be beneficial for us after all. Place your faith in God for the unseen.
You’re not seeing it, but he is blessing you.
How would you define a blessing in your life? A highly lucrative endeavor? A source of joy for you? To live, to breathe, to have someone who loves you—these are all gifts from Him that you may have been taking for granted.
If you start praising Him for everything, even the things that don’t seem like much, you could discover He has blessed you more than you imagined.
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