Hebrews 4:2: “For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.”
The word of the gospel brings multiple blessings to us. At least it should. However, the Bible, experience of the people from the past and I hope your and mine example shows that people have missed a lot of those blessings because we failed to believe the Word of God. It has always been faith that opened heaven for blessings to come to people lives. Yes, both in the New and the Old Testaments.
How did Abraham become righteous in the eyes of God? By means works? No, by believing what God said. Everything that comes to our lives does come by the grace of God and faith. So, if you expect to be really blessed and see God working in your life you have to firmly believe his word and trust his promises in your life. Do not just listen to the word of God with indifference. Listen to it with expectation and faith in your heart. That is how you will extract most value out of it. God bless you!