The fourth chapter of 2 Kings tells the story of Elisha and the Shunammite woman. As the story goes, the woman perceived that Elisha
was a man of God and made a room for him to stay in during his frequent visits to Shunem. In return for this gesture Elisa revealed to
her the she would have the son she desired. Later when the son died at an early age, Elisha brought him back to life. Ironically, this
miracle took place in the same room that the woman had made for Elisha. In another story four men wanted to help their paralytic
friend to see Jesus, who was speaking in a nearby house. Unfortunately they could not get their friend into the house because of the
crowd. To make room, they removed the roof from the house and lowered in their friend! As a result of their effort, which was a
demonstration of faith, Jesus healed their friend (Mark 2:1-5). These stories illustrate how believers’ desires were met when they made
room for God to bless them.
We know that we cannot earn God’s blessings. The scriptures says that the just and unjust alike experience both rain and sunshine.
Yet, the Bible reveals that we can facilitate the outpouring of God’s blessings. How can we make room for a blessing?
Be obedient (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; James 1:25)
In return for their obedience, God promised to bless the Israelites with the following: plenty to eat, victory over their enemies, an
abundance of children, livestock, and produce; financial prosperity, favorable weather, and power. This promise is not limited to the
Jews. James, writing to all believers everywhere, said that those who are obedient to God will be blessed in whatever they do.
Return the tithe (Malachi 3:7-12)
God promises that those who return a tenth of their earnings to Him will be happy and blessed. He will give them an overflowing
blessing and protect them from things that seek to destroy their livelihood. God actually asks believers to put him to the test on this
Give to others (Luke 6:38; Philippians 4:14-19; Matthew 25:31-46)
Not only are believers blessed when they give God a tithe, they are also blessed by giving to others in need. Jesus taught the disciples
the theory of reciprocity - those who give will receive in abundance. Paul assured the church in Philippi that God would richly bless
them because of their generous giving to his ministry. Giving is not limited to money; it includes time, abilities, and material belongings
as well. Jesus told the disciples that giving to others is the same as giving to Him.
Be thankful (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Job; Philippians 4:4-13)
Paul emphasized that it is God’s will for His children to be thankful. Thus, thankfulness should characterize the Christian life in every
circumstance, not thanks for everything but thanks in everything. Job blessed the name of God upon hearing about the loss of his
children and cattle. In the end, God blessed him with more than he had before. Paul said that he had learned to be content in any state
because Christ continually empowered him to face every situation.
Show hospitality (Hebrews 13:2: Acts 8:26-38)
Messengers of God often come in the form of strangers. Thus, believers are encouraged to be friendly since they never know who God
will use as the conduit of a blessing. The story above of Shunammite woman depicts this. So does the story of Philip and the Ethiopian
eunuch. The eunuch was sitting in his chariot reading Isaiah. Acting under the direction of an angel of God and the Holy Spirit, Philip
approached him and asked him if he understood what he was reading. The eunuch acknowledged that he did not and eagerly invited
Philip to join him and to explain the scripture. As a result he gained understanding, accepted Christ, and was baptized by Philip.
You may ask, what about faith; is it not enough to obtain blessings from God? Yes, faith is essential; however, faith entails action. As
one commentator surmised, “True faith and righteous works go hand in hand.” James wrote on the role of works in the exercise of
faith. He stressed that Abraham’s faith was demonstrated by his obedient willingness to sacrifice Isaac and resulted in the promise of
blessings for him and his descendants (Genesis 22:17-18). James summed up the matter by declaring, “…faith without works is dead”
If you have an unmet desire exercise faith and make room for a blessing!
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