Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously. – Hosea 14:2
All they asked for was: ‘Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously.’ And what do we see? God does not only do this, but He opens the windows of heaven and pours out His full blessing on them. ‘I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon, he will send down his roots; his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon. People will dwell again in his shade; they will flourish like the grain, they will blossom like the vine – Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.’ (Hosea 14:4-7). They were not only forgiven for their sins, but there was great abundance: everything grew and flourished in the country. Is not this to be blessed abundantly?
In 1 Kings 3:9, Solomon asked for a sensible heart to distinguish good and evil so that he would be a good king to the people. Solomon did not only get a wise and sensible heart as no one had ever had before or will ever get in future, God also gave him everything he did not ask for: wealth, honor and a long life. Is not this to be blessed abundantly?
David could also testify of such blessings. He says in Psalm 21:3-4: ‘You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.’ Is not this to be blessed abundantly?
The New Testament is also full of promises showing God’s longing to bless His children abundantly. Ephesians 3:20 says: ‘Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.’