The saying is familiar. God blesses us, so we in turn can bless others. It’s at the heart of the sentiment behind the prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles ch.4 v.10 – but it’s more than that.

God’s purpose in blessing us is to achieve His will, not ours.

He doesn’t heal us or make us wealthy in order to make us feel good about ourselves. He doesn’t even do it to make us feel good about Him – neither should the converse be true. If bad things happen to us, do we re-assess our theology and declare that a god who we previously thought was good, must – according to our twisted logic, actually be bad?

Theology is fundamentally a relationship. Good theology stems from a good relationship with God.