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The path of the Christian is paved with blessings. Looking in the rearview mirror, at the end of your route, you will not see a desolate panorama. You will notice differences of earthly fortune, but the cup of blessings of every Christian will be overflowing as to end his career epically, exuding strength and spiritual vitality.
Although not all end well. In the final magazine there will be many saved. Other saved, but not healthy, deranged. Believers who were saved, as well as by fire (I Cor 3:15), but who end in a deplorable state, finished by their privileges, rotten in blessings.
It sounds contradictory. Medicine is not formulated to make sick but to heal, blessings, for spiritual gain. They are the instrument of God's investment in the believer to generate trophies of grace. However, in the band of the production of the saints some defective products are looked at.
Among the most gloomy examples is King Solomon, the height of God's blessings. His blessings began from the cradle. Of the 19 children of David, he was one of the most expected, fundamental to his marriage with Bathsheba. After the painful loss of the son of his adultery, David joined her again to comfort her. Both expected more than a birth, they longed for the smile of God resumed, the restoration of suspended blessings.
Solomon returned the smile. At his birth Nathan came to David. This time not to rebuke David but to communicate good news. This son did not carry the judgment but the blessing of God. Solomon was "loved by God", consequently, God himself named him Jedidiah (2 Samuel 12:25).
The second blessing in his life was the example of David his father. Between kings, David stood out. He was the only king who was not accused of idolatry and who was characterized as a man after the heart of God, by God himself. David was in charge of subjugating all enemies and accumulating ample provision for all future needs. Solomon reaped a kingdom made that cost his father blood, sweat and tears.
His material blessings did not see parallel. To David's rich heritage, God added good fortune. What David achieved on the battlefield Solomon overcame him in the arena of business. He traded weapons (chariots of Egypt); he had tributary kings who filled him with gold, to the extent that in his time, silver was despised -Josefo describes that his riders decorated his hair with gold dust; He had the most impressive harem of kings, 700 wives and 300 concubines, all of blue blood. It controlled and collected tariffs for all important trade routes. Its labranza force had 30 thousand workers in Israel (1 Kings 5: 13-18), 80 thousand stonemasons, 70 thousand slaves of tributary nations, 550 superintendents and 3 thousand three hundred mayors. It is estimated that his table fed 14 thousand people. It took a whole tribe of Israel to stock the food pantry for only a month.
To his riches God added another equally impressive dowry: his wisdom. Remote caravans began their journey to come and postulate questions and listen to it. His wisdom has been immortalized in the book of Proverbs, The Psalms, the Song of Songs and the book of Ecclesiastes, a small sample of his titanic literary work of 3 thousand proverbs and five thousand songs.
To all these blessings, it is added to have been a type of Christ. The riches of Solomon were not the result of a random providence. They were a prefiguration of Christ. If David prefigures Christ in conflict with his enemies, Solomon prefigures them crowned with glory and with a deposit of inexhaustible wisdom.
All these blessings had to guarantee the future of Solomon. He was born in blessing and must have died blessed and blessed. And indeed, he died full of blessings, but Blessings that corrupted him, rotten blessings. Painfully, it had an end that nobody could have imagined.
He ended up being the first king accused of idolatry; He prostrated himself before the repugnante idols of his wives, having previously refused even that his chief wife, the daughter of Pharaoh, should live in the house of David out of reverence for the ark of Jehovah who had dwelt there; he produced a foolish son who left Israel in two. Solomon had an irreversible detour that transformed God's gracia into emphatic disapproval.
How can so much intentionality of God end like this? How can it be that the teacher who taught that all things kept the heart, who preached that the beginning of wisdom was the fear of Jehovah, ended with a misguided heart and a syncretistic devotion?
You will be surprised to know – and I hope you are scared – that on the back of each blessing, there is an alert that says: "Handle with care, it does not include the guarantee of blessing". Yes, every blessing is good. Every blessing descends from heaven, but it is like the manna that although it descended from heaven, if it was not handled according to God's instructions, it would rot.
The blessing does not bless by magic. No blessing is of automated sovereignty. It must be worked, it must be cultivated, it must be developed. Even salvation, the greatest and most sovereign of blessings, replete with the power of God, does not nullify human effort.
Paul warned this to the Philippians when he said: "Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, because God is the one who produces in you both willing and doing, by his good will. (Phil 2: 12-13) Neither the willing nor the doing of God eliminates the effort, nor does it even allow a casual effort. The grace of God is not a deodorant that eliminates the sweat of human effort. Grace, potential our efforts, but never eliminate it.
The same idea is expressed to Timothy. He had been taught from childhood in the Scriptures, he was a disciple of Paul, a collaborator of him, an apostolic delegate, his future had been written in prophecies (1 Tim. 1: 18-20.), His hands had been imposed on him by entrusting him to the ministry.
Unique blessings but not automatic. He is exhorted in the first epistle that "the good militia militate according to the prophecies previously made of him". Also, in the second, to fan the fire of the gift that was imparted to him by the laying on of hands.
God does not throw blessings from heaven with the indifference of the bolus of coins at a wedding to dismiss the bride and groom. He has called us to the pool of talents that he has to ask us for. In our final file, every blessing will end up cataloged "taken advantage of" or wasted "," Fresh (for its cultivation) ", or" rotten (for waste). And while salvation is exclusively by grace, our rewards will depend on the fragrance, or the stench of our portion of blessings.
Brother, what have you done with your blessings? How many times in your life have you stopped to reflect on all the blessings that God has given you and how to take better advantage of them?
Let us remember the words of Jesus: to everyone to whom much has been given, much will be demanded of him; and to whom much has been entrusted, more will be asked. Luc. 12:48.
May the Lord find us those who with little did much and not by far, we grew little, and served less.
Author: Tony Segar
A native of Mexico City, Tony is a Talbot theological seminary graduate. It was entrusted by John MarcArthur's church to the ministry of church planting among Hispanics. He is currently the director of the Hispanic Department of Biblical Software Logos. Find your personal blog in Biblical Thinking.
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