We love the idea of being blessed.
We greet one another with:
But what does all that mean?
Can we cause God’s blessings to be given to someone simply by saying “God bless you.” Is God waiting around to hear us pronounce blessings on someone before He blesses them? Is He obligated to bless someone because we say so?
We claim God’s blessings on our country:
When we say “God bless America” what are we wanting God to do for our country? Give us peace? Make us rich? What exactly do we expect from God – what do we want from Him for our country?
We often declare:
What are the reasons that make us say we are blessed? We have a good marriage, we just got a promotion, we brought a new car, we won the game. We know God is the giver of good things and we certainly should thank Him. However, are we reducing blessings from God just to material things, times when things go our way. Do we feel blessed when our marriage falls on rough times, we lose our job, our car breaks down, we lose the game?
Often, we tell people they should:
Again, we should be a grateful people and it is always good to stop from time to time and really look at all God has given us. But in counting our blessings, what is it we count?
Do we include those times when life felt apart – but God was there?
Do we count the privilege of being able to worship God freely without fear of being thrown into prison?
Do we count the joy of knowing we are forgiven?
Or do we again just think of material things we have been given?
And if we are going through a difficult time, do we feel like we have no blessings to count?
What does it really mean to be blessed of God?
What does His Word say about that concept?
Hope you will think on that question for a while.
Give me some feedback on what you think being blessed is really all about.
I’m taking a long look at what the Bible has to say about this subject and will write more in the days ahead.
But, give me your thoughts on this.