Monday, September 03, 2012

Blessed of God

 12The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.
 13He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.
 14The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.
 15Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth. 
(Psalm 115:12-15, King James Version)

Blessed of God

Five times in four verses the Psalmist uses the word "bless" or "blessed."
He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the LORD . . . . Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth.
Notice that the ones blessed get smaller and smaller, from the "house of Israel" down to "Ye" (or you). You are blessed of the Lord, but who is the Lord? He is the Lord who made heaven and earth. Stop and ponder that thought for a moment. The God who formed the earth, the stars, and all the constellations is not far-removed from His creation; He is a personal God who works on behalf of every single child of His.

Not only does He work on our behalf, but He blesses us. If your life is anything like mine, you will probably say, "Wait a minute, my life does not seem to be blessed. If I am so blessed, why do I seem to have so many troubles and hardships?"

The same God who created everything that exists merely by His spoken word, blesses every single child of His by sending troubles and hardships, as well as good things--each one being fitted perfectly to our own particular needs. God has a specific plan for each child of God, and has equipped each child with their own specific strengths and abilities to accomplish His will. In the process of our lives here on earth, He is gradually sanctifying us--making us more and more like Him.

My husband and I were speaking to a friend of ours who farms. He was relating to us that all of the rain we received in the past two weeks has missed his farm. We received a couple of good showers of 2-3 inches of rain, but his farm was just far enough away that he did not even receive one drop! Yet, he was quick to add that God has blessed him year after year with abundant crops. This same God who has blessed him in the past has chosen to send a drought this year. In His sovereignty, God has lessons to send to him that he could only learn by having the rains withheld.

Think of that! We tend to think that blessings only come in the form of good things, yet God is blessing His children even when He allows them to be overtaken by trials and difficulties. Our agenda for our lives is not necessarily God's agenda. However, God's agenda is always right. Each step we take is ordered by the Lord and brings glory to Him.

As you go about the duties of your day, think about the many ways in which you are blessed of God. Remember - do not include only the good things, but include the troubles as well. Then think about what lesson God is trying to teach you by sending these particular "blessings" to you.

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,

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