I don’t very often have the pleasure of bringing you my own perspective on our Word Nerd Wednesday words, but this week, the stars aligned, so that I was able to share about being blessed.
1. a. Worthy of being worshiped: HOLY
b. Held in veneration : REVERED
2. Roman Catholic Church Enjoying the eternal blessings of heaven. – Used as a title for those who have been beautified.
3. Enjoying happiness : FORTUNATE
4. Bringing happiness : PLEASURABLE (1)
1. God’s favor and protection
2. A prayer asking for God’s favor and protection
3. Grace said before meals (2)
Blessings in Disguise
Often we misunderstand the word blessed. We want it to mean we get what we want. The perfect house. Disease and pain free lives. Healthy babies. Awesome job assignments. Excellent in-laws. But life doesn’t always work out that way. Even for believers.
His favor isn’t always our favorite and His protection isn’t always our preference.
Blessings don’t always look like we expect them to or come when we want them to. God is the one who gets to decide what blessings He will bestow on us. We generally recognize and enjoy His favor. But His protection can get a little questionable when it is couched in what we perceive to be unanswered prayers. I believe one of God’s greatest blessings is sometimes not giving us what we ask for. I’ve wasted a lot of time being upset over what I didn’t get.
Without fail, in hindsight, I can see how God protected me by not giving me what I thought I wanted. I can always see His protection in the rear view mirror. But what if I began to live in the present enjoying every blessing I have without wanting more.
Better yet, what if I lived in the future, believing no matter what I face now, I will be blessed eternally.
In the Old Testament, God’s promise of blessing typically came in response to obedience to His commands and involved a material or temporal benefit. In the New Testament, His blessings are more spiritual and eternal in nature.
The promise of God’s blessings has always been in conflict with the curse of sin in this world. Though we may suffer in this world, those to whom God has given the gift of faith have hope for eternal blessings in the kingdom of heaven.
Because of Jesus’s sacrifice, we’ve already found favor with God. His blood frees us from the condemnation of our sin. We’re already blessed. But all too often, I find myself asking for more blessing. More favor. Just more. And when I don’t get what I want or what I ask for, I feel like less than blessed. I forget that God’s favor and protection may not always look like I expect or hope them to.
Last week, Misty showed us how God fulfills the blessings of the Beatitudes in His eternal promises. God promises the poor in spirit, the meek, those that mourn and hunger and thirst for righteousness, those who are merciful, pure in heart, the peacemakers and those who are persecuted and reviled will receive the kingdom of heaven, be comforted, inherit the earth, be filled, obtain mercy, and be called children of God.
Looking for more makes me lose sight of what I already have. God is in the blessing business and the sooner were realize everything He gives us and allows us to face is laced with His favor and protection, the better off we’ll be.
We are already eternally blessed. God fulfilled His promise of favor and protection to the world through Abraham’s descendants by sending Jesus to die for our sins, so we would be eternally blessed.
The best blessing of all is believing we’re already blessed.
- Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary, 1984, Riverside Publishing Company, pg 181.
- Google definition of ‘blessing’