Blessing Comes by Association
There is a principle in the Bible you need to learn if you are to enjoy God’s best in your life: blessing comes by association! The Bible says, ‘He who walks with wise men will be wise...’ (Proverbs 13:20 NKJV) The story of Israel entering the Promised Land teaches us that we can keep company with people such as Joshua and Caleb and go in and possess it, or hang around with the other ten spies who believed it couldn’t be done and die in the wilderness. When Joseph entered Potiphar’s house, he brought great blessing with him. When he went to Pharaoh’s palace, the entire nation prospered. When Jacob wanted to return home to his own family, Laban his father-in-law said, ‘Please stay… for I have learned by experience that the Lord has blessed me for your sake.’ The Philippian church had a long partnership with Paul in spreading the Gospel. They supported him financially and he ministered to them spiritually. He writes, ‘I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now.’ (Philippians 1:3–5 NIV) And what was their reward? Paul says, ‘...all of you share in God’s grace with me.’ (Philippians 1:7 NIV) This word ‘grace’ simply means ‘all of God you’ll ever need, for every situation you’ll ever face’. How wonderful! Paul got it from Jesus, and the Philippians got it from Paul. Learn to recognise those who walk in the blessing of God and get as close to them as you can. Blessing comes by association!