Here’s the lesson: learn what God calls true blessing, and ask for that.
An example from inside the Old Testament. Early on, while Moses is still alive, the Lord tells Moses to pass on a message to the priests.
Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,
“The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you:
the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you peace.”‘
Later on, Psalm 67 takes this instruction and makes it a prayer.
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all generations.
The psalm is not word for word – it’s not a magic incantation! But the blessing from Numbers is definitely in the mind of the psalmist.
If God says something is true blessing, we can be sure he wants to give it – and that he wants us to ask for it. Give it go in your prayers.