Colossians 3:23-24 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
The jealousy of believers toward unbelievers did not start today. The craving to enjoy life at least as much as they do has always been the heart-cry of those who belong to God.
David couldn’t hide his envy, He took it to God to find out why it seemed like the unsaved have a pleasant life and the believers fight battles day in and day out. Why?
If we belong to the Lord, should we not be immune to the things that hunt and hurt the world? Who will believe our message if signs and wonders don’t happen to avert our every care and every pain?
Who will even be interested in the good news we were ordained to proclaim?
Jacob must understand something about the Lord that so many do not. He was the chosen and the blessed one, yet his older brother has material blessings more than he did! Jacob had to go through hard labor and confusion in His in-law’s house just to marry and make a living. But Esau his brother had more wives and a less painful story.
Hence the question begs for an answer still. What exactly is the blessing that Psalm 1 spoke about? What are the goodness and the mercy of Psalm 23? What is the eternal life of John 3:16 in the face of all these?
The answer is found somewhere at the beginning where God told Abraham: I am your exceedingly great REWARD!
The blessing is a Person and not happenings or things. It is the Person of God with You. Preferably the Person of Jesus with us! That right there is the Blessing! Rest on this fact that you have the ALMIGHTY GOD as your reward. Even when you lose everything, you gain Him. Having him all to yourself is what is called an EXCEEDINGLY GREAT REWARD.
Would you not rest, knowing that Jesus sails with you in your boat so all is well at all times and in all circumstances? Would you not go to sleep on the matter of Jesus being in the boat? John 14:27 says, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Whatever may come your way, know that God is always there. Let that knowledge calm the raging storm inside you; soon enough it will calm the storm on the outside too.