No doubt about it! There is such a thing as a blessed life! Most all of us (when we're honest) would quickly and easily admit, "Yes, I want to be blessed!" And by that we mean, "I want to be happy, healthy, and well-off financially." It's natural to want a blessed life, a blessed marriage, and a blessed career or bank account."
The good news is that our God is a God of blessing and the Bible is a book of blessing. Without hesitation, I can declare, "God wants to bless you!" Adam and Eve were blessed by God and commanded "be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1:28). Abraham was blessed and promised a blessing for all nations (Genesis 12:1-3). Jacob wrestled with the Angel of the Lord all night and received a blessing and a new name--Israel (Genesis 32:22-32). Jabez cried out to the Lord for blessing and increase and God heard his prayer and blessed him (1 Chronicles 4:10). Terms for blessing occur over 600 times in the Old Testament. Most of these terms are related to the word meaning "to kneel" because in ancient times one would kneel to receive a blessing. The New Testament continues the theme of blessing, but focuses more on the eternal and spiritual blessings of knowing Christ Jesus, rather than physical blessing.
Aaron, the High Priest was taught to bless God's people in this manner . . . "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace." (Numbers 6:24-26) From this priestly blessing we learn that God's blessing includes (1) His protection, (2) His presence, (3) His personal favor, and (4) His peace.
Jesus continued the theme of blessing in his so-called Beattitudes in Matthew 5:1-12. Interestly enough, Jesus' words on blessing focus more on the inner character or attitude of the disciple rather than physical abundance. He included a blessing for the persecuted as well!
So what is the blessing? Is it a promise of financial prosperity and earthly happiness? Or is it something more? I would say "something more!" God's blessing begins with spiritual abundance, rest, and wholeness which produces a truly joy-filled and satisfying life.
Now here is the bad news--It's easy to get off course! There are many things in life which promise blessing but leave us empty. Just read Solomon's account in Ecclesiastes. For the religious or the do-gooder, its also easy to get off course. Far to many people spend their life seeking the blessing without seeking the God of blessing. It's also easy to fall into the trap of "doing good" as a means to experience blessing. After all it fells good to do good; but this is not the blessing!
The blessing of God is underserved and comes to us as a gracious gift-- it is God's personal favor in our lives; His love and acceptance. All we need to do is receive and rest in his blessing. We receive by faith; we rest in obedience to His word! We all want to be blessed, but are we willing to walk with God and rest in His blessing?