It’s not surprising to hear that those who walk in God’s ways will be blessed. After all, if God is real and the Bible is his revealed truth to humanity, then it makes sense that those who live the way he desires will have the best life possible – a blessed life. I like to think of this as two separate paths that we can choose to walk down in life. One path is living the way God desires for us to live, and the other path is living however we choose. The path of God’s desires carries blessings along it, but the path of our desires doesn’t. It’s not so much even that God is punishing us for choosing not to walk down his path (though he does, at times, do that), but the path of our own making simply doesn’t have blessings alongside of it. It’s like choosing between two paths where one has wild, black raspberries growing along the side and the other one has nothing. If you choose the path that contains the fruit, then it’s a consequence of the path. Choosing the other path, however, isn’t so much as a punishment as much as the absence of the desired fruit (that is, if you like black raspberries!). You will never receive God’s blessings in life if you always choose to walk according to your own wisdom, but if you choose to walk in God’s ways, your life will be blessed.