Direct Variation: “A relationship between two variables in which one is a scalar multiple of the other.”
You may remember your algebra well enough to visualize this relationship. One variable is a multiple of another by what we call a ”constant of proportionality”. If you graph the relationship it is a line. Essentially it means this: more yields more, and less yields less (sort of an obvious lesson in math and life).
The older I get, the more I see God’s hand in and on my life. Spending time with Him yields an abundance of memories that reveal blessing upon blessing over my lifespan. The many years that have gone by have given me a perspective that I did not have even five years ago.
I guess you can say, “More age yields more blessing”. But always? Maybe it’s actually like, “More age yields more blessing awareness.” What about the bad times in my life? Maybe for some, all that older age has brought is more heartache. I get that. Yet God’s Word evidences that direct relationships are part of our lives as His children. Just consider 2 Corinthians 9:6 in a passage on giving where Paul declares, “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (ESV)
Just take apart Psalm 34 for a moment. It is a beautiful example of direct correlations in our lives:
I sought the Lord -> He answered and delivered (v.4)
I look to Him -> I will never be ashamed (v. 8)
I cried out to Him -> He hears and saves (v. 9)
I fear Him -> He delivers (v. 7)
I seek Him -> He supplies with good things (v. 10)
I take refuge in Him -> I face no condemnation (v. 22)
In Psalm 1, the whole Psalm is about the blessings a man receives who follows the ways of the Lord and how the man who does not follow is cursed. In Ephesians 1, the result of our faith in Christ yields so much inheritance and blessing that we can’t even contain it! In Romans, Paul is constantly laying out the results of placing our faith in Christ, not the least of which is Romans 8:28 “For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to them who are the called, according to His purpose.”
And what of that heartache I alluded to earlier? What if the investment we make in our relationship with the Lord does not seem to yield all of this blessing in our lives? Please understand that I am not saying that our relationship with God is bound by some mathematical formula. What I am saying is that God promises that He will indeed bless- and He does-even when we don’t perceive it.
Our timelines are not His; our ways are so much lower than His; our wants and desires oftentimes don’t reflect His will for our lives.
God’s promises are always true. He never fails. It is how we react in those hard times that we really see and become aware of the abundance of blessing we really do possess. David is constantly turning his misery into a declaration of praise for God’s blessings. This life is so temporary and when we see Him face-to-face we will finally know exactly as we are known.
If you have trusted Jesus for your salvation then these promises are yours! Jesus IS your constant of proportionality! He is the same-yesterday, today and forever! Come in line under His authority! Let’s look beyond this temporary life to the true blessing of just knowing Christ. Let’s begin to spend time in thanksgiving and He will definitely reveal more and more to us as we draw near to Him! Oh wait…”Draw near to God and will draw near to you” (James 4:8).
It’s a direct proportion!
Worshipping Him with you all,
Tom Marsala | RBC Worship Pastor