It’s been years and years since I read Blackaby’s book, Experiencing God. Can’t say this about every book, but with that one, some things really stuck. One of the principles which I’ve never forgotten went something like this: If you want to experience God, see where God is working and then join Him. Not overly complicated, but makes a lot of sense. Put yourself in the proximity of God’s power if you want to know His power personally. Engage where God is engaged if you want to engage God. Like I said, makes sense.
Came across a similar principle this morning as I was reading in the Psalms. Do you want to be blessed by God? Then go where the blessing is!
Behold, how good and pleasant it is
……….when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
……….running down on the beard,
…..on the beard of Aaron,
……….running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
……….which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the LORD has commanded the blessing,
(Psalm 133-3 ESV)
God commands the blessing where His people, brothers and sisters in Him, dwell in unity. Not some earthly author’s conclusion in a bestseller book, but the Author of Life’s own declaration through His God-breathed word. Not some pithy platitude, but an eternal reality.
God commands it. He orders the blessing. He commissions the well-being. He pronounces the supernatural prosperity. And He does it in the place where those born of the same seed determine to live together as family. The place where those who are kin purposefully hang together. The place where brothers and sisters dwell in unity.
That’s where the blessing is. Want to be blessed? Be part of that!
Unity is good and pleasant. We’re not talking uniformity or unanimity. Nor are we talking harmony through superficiality or artificiality. But when real people purpose to pursue real life with a real commitment to one another, it’s wonderful . . . it’s delightful. It’s becoming and attracts others. It’s delightful and worth singing about.
What’s more, it emits an alluring and pleasant aroma, just like anointing oil. It’s a source of refreshment and living water, just like the dew of Hermon. And, so says the word of God, it is the realm of blessing.
To be sure, doing life together as God’s people ain’t always easy. Not surprising to God, He made us and knows the impact of the fall on us. But He also re-made us, and is reversing the effects of the fall through sanctification by the Spirit. And while we are these works in progress, doing battle daily against the flesh by the Spirit, He beckons us to the blessing, exhorting us to put in the effort required to dwell in unity.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
(Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV)
Make every effort to guard the unity. Strive for the oneness. Get serious about getting along.
Let the nature of Christ being formed in you pour out as you seek to live with others who also are learning to love and serve as Christ loved and served. For there the blessing is commanded. For in that context is the blessing experienced.
To make the church a lesser priority is to walk away from the very place where God has ordained His favor to be known. Why would we do that? Why walk away from, or at least not care about walking towards, the place where God’s blessing is commanded? Why wouldn’t we work diligently to maintain the unity God has created through His Spirit? Who doesn’t want to experience the blessing of God? I do!
So let’s go where the blessing is!
By His grace. For His glory.