Jesus replied, “Rather, how blessed are those who hear and obey God’s word.”
One thing that has and never will change, if you want to live a blessed life you need to hear what God’s Word has to say, and to obey God’s Word. Sadly when you talk about obedience to the Word of God today many say that is putting people in bondage. But Jesus nor the Word of God ever tells us that obedience brings bondage, just the opposite, it brings liberty.
James tells us that if you are a hearer of God’s Word but not a doer, you deceive yourself. But for those who hear and do God’s Word, they will be blessed in what they do. We are not earning what God has for us, but learning how to walk in His ways which leads us into what is available for us. For example, God’s Word teaches you must believe you receive when you pray. If you don’t learn from God’s Word how to walk by faith biblically, you could not receive from God without believing. This is God’s way for receiving.
In Isaiah 55:9 God tells us that His ways are not our ways, they are much higher. If we want to live a higher life in the blessings of God we must learn to listen and obey. If we want to live a stress free life, we must listen to what scripture teaches and obey. If we want to raise blessed children, we must listen to God’s Word on how to raise them and obey. If you want to live a blessed life you need to hear what God’s Word says, and you need to obey that Word. We are not earning but learning how to walk in what He has available for us.