1Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
2For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
(Psalm 128:1-2, King James Version)
What does it mean to be blessed? It is a rather important question when one considers that being blessed is a rather relative term. In a day when happiness, which one would consider a by product of being blessed, seems to have all but disappeared from our day to day lives, especially in countries which abound in prosperity, we need to look at what it means to be blessed by God.
In a world filled with greed, envy, violence, and a constant quest to get more, man seems to be less and less satisfied with what he already possesses. To the rich, there is always need for more money, to the talented, there is always someone a little bit better, the the athlete, one never reaches the top, or at least stays on the top for very long. But, what does it matter?
Perhaps we are choosing the wrong goals for ourselves; perhaps there is more meaning to life! That is where the secret lies! It is not about getting more, being better, or reaching the top, but it is about seeing God's hand of blessing upon us and seeking nothing more than His favor. Rather than consuming our days with a quest for more, let us consume our days loving and learning more about this God Whom we serve.
He has given us all we need--talents and treasure--to live our lives in a manner pleasing to him. Through him we can have a happy life, being content with what He has given, and using our time to share His love and truth with all those in whom we live each day, whether at work, home, or in times of recreation.
As believers, I fear we spend far too much time chasing after the pleasures of the world, and robbing ourselves of the peace and joy that comes from knowing Christ more. Perhaps we need to turn off the TV, and open a good Christian book, or at least change the channel to a Christian network.
There are some wonderful internet sites such as archive.org, which enable us to get some great works from Christians written during the reformation and all the way up through the 1900's for no cost. Most are downloadable in several formats so can be read on hand held eBook readers or on the computer. What a treasure of great works right at our fingertips.
One of my favorite Christian authors from the 1800's is Elizabeth Prentiss; all of her works are available to download at no cost. Her book, Stepping Heavenward, is a fiction well worth the read, as it reveals to us the normal Christian experience--drawing closer and closer to the Lord until one is ready to enter heaven's gates. Another great book, compiled by her husband after her death, is More Love to Thee, named after the song she wrote, is an organization of her journals and memoirs written during her lifetime.
Let us use these tools God has given to us to advance our Christian lives in a manner pleasing to God, Yes, we are truly blessed by God, so let us walk in the joy and happiness of that blessing!
God Bless You,