Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. (Psalm 40:4)
We all want to live a blessed life. We pray for blessings. We thank God for blessings. But we need to be careful how we receive and respond to our blessings! When the children of Israel were freed from bondage in Egypt after four hundred years of slavery, they witnessed miracle after miracle and received blessing after blessing. Sadly, their blessings eventually began to dull their senses rather than drive their service. Their blessings turned into sedatives rather than stimulants.
They passed through the Red Sea on dry ground as the pursuing Egyptian army was swallowed up by the waters. They ate manna from heaven. They drank water from a rock. They were guided by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. Yet, rather than being stimulated to service, the people of Israel received these supernatural blessings almost as if they were an entitlement, and they whined, grumbled, and complained against their leaders — against Moses and Aaron and even against God Himself.
Here is what we must remember about blessings: They are gifts from God in that moment, not guarantees for the future. If we are not careful, we can allow blessings to dim our eyes of faith and stay our helping hands. Whatever blessings we receive from the hand of God, we must receive them with gratitude and thanksgiving, knowing that we have been blessed in order to be a blessing to others.
So . . . where in your life has God been blessing you lately? Have your blessings driven you to more dynamic devotion to Jesus and a deeper delight in your relationship with Him? Or have your blessings turned into sedatives rather than stimulants? Have your blessings been dulling your senses?
God has given each of us blessings multiplied – blessings of opportunities . . . blessings of resources . . . blessings of possibilities. As God blesses us, let us be prayerfully blessing others; by this all people will know we are disciples of our loving and blessing Lord, Jesus Christ.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!