You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Stop for a moment. Before I continue, I want you to do something for me. Well, actually you’ll be doing it for yourself. Look at today’s focus verse, consider its meaning, personalize it, and then pray it back to the Lord. Like this: “Heavenly Father, I pray that you will enable me to attain fruit for my labor and that blessings and prosperity will be mine.”
Use scripture as a prayer guide. When you find verses and passages that apply to your life situations, personalize them and pray them back to God.
Of course, these prayer offerings should be taken in context. For example, Psalm 128:2 is linked to the expected behavior in verse 1. “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.”
The conditions of “fear” and “obedience” are the requirements for walking with God. It’s behavior that avoids the sin that entangles and thus hinders the Lord’s blessings. (Hebrews 12:1)
The desire for godly conduct should also be bathed in prayer. “Lord, help me to fear and obey you as I should.”
Life teaches that honoring God requires divine enablement. The road to godliness is marred by the potholes of fleshly desires and the supernatural diversions of the evil one as shown in the following scriptures:
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. Galatians 5:15-16
Here in Alabama, we are often hit with severe thunderstorms. Sometimes those storms result in downed trees and power lines which make travel near impossible. When I lived in Virginia, snowstorms closed roads for days at a time. In such scenarios, the supply route is shut down. Electrical power service is interrupted. Food resources deplete rapidly. The longer the encumbrance, the worse the conditions. Once the roads are clear and power is restored, we can again access the supplies and help we need.
Sin has a similar effect. It wreaks havoc with our spiritual power grid and hinders the flow of God’s blessings. That’s why it’s so important to keep the lines of blessings open.
It’s hard to imagine life without electricity. So many of the things we count upon to improve our lives would be rendered useless without it. I don’t have the slightest inclination to call Alabama Power to request they shut off my service. That would be foolish.
We should feel the same way about God’s blessings. How foolish to shut down the power of the Lord in our lives for the sake of gratifying the sinful desires of the flesh.
Back to Psalm 128:2, our focus text. “You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.” Who can expect this divine favor? “… all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.” (v1)
Who among us doesn’t want fruit, blessings, and prosperity for our labor? That’s my prayer for you today. May the Lord bless you abundantly as you strive to walk in obedience to Him. May He richly reward you, according to His perfect wisdom, and to His glory. And may your conduct bring honor to His great name.
For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Walk by the Spirit
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.