I just figured it out. God’s blessings come when He decides and many times that’s at the end — and I don’t mean the end of the trial — I mean THE end.
All blessings are predicated on our obedience to a law. Even if we could figure out which law we must keep to receive a specific blessing it doesn’t mean we will get that blessing as we are living or when we’ve completed living that law. The blessing can come in God’s own due time…whenever that is.
Look around, bad things happen to good people. People who live the WofW have health problems, people who honor their father and mother die early, people who pay tithing still have lots more room to receive blessings.
It’s frustrating. You try to keep the commandments, you live the WofW you pay your tithing, do your church service and you still get “dumped on”. Of course we are told these trials are for our good, we need to endure them with faith etc. etc.
What’s wrong with a little more specific “obedience training”. B.F.Skinner, noted psychologist, invented the “Skinner box” which allowed him to train animals by simply providing the right and immediate reward to the right behavior.
It seems to me that my obedience to the commandments would certainly increase if I was rewarded immediately and specifically for my behavior. Since the blessing is connected to keeping the law, why not move up the blessing part? But where’s the faith right?
It takes faith to keep the commandments in the first place. Aren’t we challenged to keep the commandments, prove God, live the law and know if it’s true etc? How do we tell if the challenge is real unless we get the promise? How do we know if it’s been proved, unless we get the proof?
The proof – the blessings for almost all commandments is certainly not immediate. And for many many commandments the blessing doesn’t come until THE end when we get our “just” reward and assigned to whatever kingdom. We’ve just got to have faith that it will all work out. It might be nice if it would work out a little better / a little sooner along the way. I don’t think it would be so bad to learn obedience by keeping the commandments and getting the blessings in a more timely manner.