I recently wrote on the thought of being blessed.
Our idea of being blessed of God often only looks at the physical or material aspects. A nice home, a good marriage, a great job. While these ARE blessings of God for which we should be thankful, the Bible is clear these kind of blessings are temporary. The real blessings of God are those that will last throughout eternity.
And receiving those blessings require more than just a “God bless you” that we share with each other in passing.
Just a few thoughts on God’s blessings and how to obtain them.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither…..Psalm 1
It appears that receiving God’s blessings requires us to be careful whose advice we take and how much time we spend thinking of His Word.
But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed…..1 Peter 3:14
Whoa! Blessings from God might include suffering?
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Wait a minute here! Blessings from God might require trials? And the blessing is not a promotion at work but eternal life.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God…..Matthew 5:9
Come on now!!! When I seek to bring peace to others rather than pushing for my own agenda I will be blessed? And the blessing is the privilege of being called a son of God?
But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
Again, it seems God’s blessings are somehow connected to knowing His word – and obeying it.
I could go on and on, but I hope you get the idea. We Americans count blessings from God almost as a right rather than a privilege. When we do not get that promotion at work, when we get that diagnosis of cancer, when someone makes fun of us for being a Christian, we are so quick to complain or feel like somehow God has failed us.
If God’s blessings are so tied to material things, how do we explain the Christians who live in a third world country and often wonder where their meal is coming from? Who are persecuted, put in prison, even killed for their faith in Jesus Christ?
God is much more than a genie in a lamp. He does love us, He does want to bless us (yes, even in material things) but more than that, He desires a real relationship with Him. One that loves Him for who He is more than for what He does.
May God truly, really bless you!