Monday, July 9, 2012

The Blessings of God Part One

God’s word holds many promises for those who love Him. For the next month, I’ll be sharing some of them with an encouraging word. I pray you find His heart for you in the midst of these posts.

“Blessed is the man
 Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
 Nor stands in the path of sinners,
 Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
 And in His law he meditates day and night.
 He shall be like a tree
 Planted by the rivers of water,
 That brings forth fruit in its season,
 Whose leaf also shall not wither;
 And whatever he does shall prosper.”
~ Psalm 1:1-3

Are you a blessed man or woman of God? Some days, it feels as if God’s blessings abound. We walk on Cloud 9. All is right in our world, and all is well with our souls. The finances are flowing, the bills are paid, there’s food on our tables, and no one is ill or dying. Other days, the kids have the stomach bug, the price of food and gas go up, making our budgets too tight, and the family pet runs out in front of a car.

The Word of God promises us that when we choose to seek God and meditate in His Word, we are blessed. Regardless of our circumstances.

Psalm 1 promises us we shall be like a tree, planted by rivers of water. It takes a strong tree with good roots to withstand the torrents of life. As we root ourselves in God’s Word, proclaiming His blessings over our lives, we develop the ability to withstand the rough waters that come with the storms of life.

It also says that the tree will bring forth fruit in its season, and its leaf will not wither. This verse describes the hope we have in Jesus. As we continually apply God’s word to our lives, we bear fruit. We live according to God’s Word and His plan for our lives. We find and gain strength in Jesus. We hear the Holy Spirit when He speaks to us. We recognize the hand of God in our lives and know better how to follow His guidance. Others recognize a change in our lives and wonder where it came from. Our leaf will not wither. We will no longer live under oppression, depression, or any other thing that would try to hold us down or back in life. Generations to come will know that we loved and followed God with our entire beings.

And, finally, whatever we do will prosper. Whether it’s our relationship with Jesus, our marriage, our singleness, our parenting, our step-parenting, our work, our service, our time spent caring for loved ones, our missions, our you-name-it, it will prosper in the hands of the Lord. Because, ultimately, all we have and are belongs to God. His kingdom knows no bounds. He is Lord of All. It is His will and desire to bless us, to prosper us. After all, if we know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more does He?

Find joy and peace in knowing that God has your best interests at heart today. Deny the worries of this world and delight yourself in His Word. Meditate on His goodness and love, mercy and grace. Have a blessed day.

Church Photo Courtesy of  Bev Lloyd-Roberts
Grapes Photo Courtesy of Nat Arnett

1 comment:

  1. Being aware of His daily blessings makes a huge difference in how we perceive God.


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