Blessings from God


blessingsfrom-god

I want to drive you to deeper thought.  My desire is to cause us to think about what we say as well as the thought behind what we say.  I admit, that some of what I am about to challenge you with are things I say and think. I have no agenda in writing other than the musings of a man who wants desperately to be true to the Creator and His Word – His Will.

  • I hear us say, “God blessed me with a wonderful family.” But what does that mean to and about the Christian who has a broken family?
  • I hear us say, “God blessed me with a wonderful spouse.” But what does that say about the single Christian who longs to marry but has not found someone to be their husband or wife?
  • I hear us say, “God blessed me with wonderful children.” Yet there are Christian couples who would make great parents, but are unable to have children.
  • I hear some say, “I am blessed to live in the United States.” Then I think about the Christians suffering in poor and developing countries or countries where being a Christian can get you killed and wonder, “What does God have against them?”
  • I hear us say, “God blessed me with this job.” Why are those blessings withheld from other Christians who need employment to care for their families?
  • I hear us say, “God blessed me with health.” Does that mean God cursed your brother in Christ with cancer?
  • We consider a house a blessing from God when others Christians live in poor conditions.

Are you with me? Do you understand my thoughts? What makes you so special that God would bless you and not others?

Does God really concern Himself with my physical abundance and my financial affluence?

Isn’t this what Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, and Elihu debate in the book of Job?  Their entire theology was that God blesses the good, the righteous, with physical blessings. Now that Job had lost his blessings, it must be that he had done something to lose God’s favor. In the end, God taught Job that all Job needed was to trust God and that all Job needed was God. Nothing else mattered.

Nothing else matters.

Jesus, the Christ, God in the flesh tells us in Matthew 6:25-34,

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

God’s concern is that we have what we need and that we serve Him. He does not promise any more. When I brag on what I think are my blessings, do I harm the faith of those who do not have the same privileges? I also wonder, “Are these comforts blessings or can they become snares?”

There more I consider these things, the more I am convince that God’s concern is more about my faith and focus on Him.

-Scott

If you have an answer, please let me know . . .

 

6 thoughts on “Blessings from God

  1. This hits me straight to the heart! I have been out of job for sometimes now, But God never fails to give us provisions! However, at the back of my mind, I still ask God, doubt that “will He still give me a work?” And now this one, thank you for sharing your thoughts, for musing us that “Nothing else matters, it is only God!

    • Realizing everything we have is from God and being grateful for them and thinking that God has blessed me because I am special are two different things. I may be toeing a fine line, but I think we need to be careful in claiming blessings the way we do. What about the obviously worldly people who have many more financial advantages? Is God blessing them more than His faithful?

      Then I ask myself, what is really “good and perfect?” (James 1:17) My completeness (perfection) is when I am made righteous by Christ. I am not good on my own, but God’s counts me as good (righteous) because of the sacrifice of Who was truly good – Christ. Is James 1:17 about physical things or about spiritual? The context of the chapter is about testing of faith, fighting temptation, and being doers of God’s Word, which is able to save our souls. Do we (myself included) misapply Jas 1:17 when we use it to talk about what is physical in our lives?(I am truly asking and thinking.)

      The context of Ephesians 5:20 includes how we use our time, knowing what God wants for us (salvation), focusing on the Spirit over alcohol, and submitting to each other as Christians. This context is all over the place – so typical of Paul. But I go back to the first paragraph of this reply, being thankful does not indicate a special blessing because we are special. Everything we have is because of God – He made it all and the made the elements that compose all. If I may jump to John’s statement about the Christ as the Word that is and was both with and the person of God, “All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3) and then back to Paul in Col 1:16 , “For by him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.”

      So yes, everything we have is from God and we should be thankful, but I am not blessed to the neglect of others nor are others blessed to the neglect of me. God sends the rain on the just and unjust and makes his sun to shine on the good and evil (cf. Mat 5:45).

      What do you think?

      • Agree. It is a balance between recognizing and praising God as the true source of all blessings and not falling into the trap that we in anyway deserve those blessings because of our superiority.

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