The most beautiful woman in the world made a statement on M* that brings up an important point.
…another comment that bothers me is when people say ” The Lord knows we wanted a child, or we wanted many children and has blessed us because of this desire”. Well if desire was all it took I would have at least 5 by now. I have always desired to have many children.
Which raises the question, what does God use as a basis for blessings?
Already, Mary has shown us that it cannot be our desire for that blessing. Many people who desire a certain blessing yet never receive it. Alternatively, many people who do desire the same blessing still receive it.
What about obedience? Does a person?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s obedience to the commandments affect the likelihood of receiving a blessing? Back to the fertility example: there are many obedient people who never get pregnant, and many disobedient ones who do. Therefore, that cannot be it.
What about prayer? Same thing. Many people pray for it and never get it. Many people never pray for it and still get it.
Certainly, God does not just arbitrarily pick blessings to send to us. Or does he?