Where is the place of blessing in a Christian life? How are we as God’s people to respond to blessing? And what things have surrounded the blessings God has given others?
These are the questions I’ve been studying in the past few months. I’ve been trying to understand how God has blessed people in the past and what it has meant in their lives.
I speak with people about their blessings today and they talk about financial gain, healthy children, and carefree existence. It is as though they feel that blessings means life loses its challenge.
I am reminded of the life of David, a man God blessed with enormous blessings but who had a life surrounded in challenge and controversy. Granted, some of the struggle of David was the result of sin in his own life, but who is going to be free of that? David is anointed king early in his life, then begins time in the wilderness trying to survive King Saul. I am not sure in every way that being King was a blessing that did much more than bring struggle to the life of David.
Certainly, Mary being blessed to be the mother of Jesus was tremendous. She then was left to face the stares, the whispers, the doubt of Joseph, and ultimately to see Jesus rejected and crucified. She was tremendously blessed, but the blessing brought with it such accompanying struggle that we have to learn something about blessing from her life.
What blessing do you think of in Scripture that was like the contemporary thought about blessings, carefree and easy?
Perhaps you’ve been blessed with an autistic child, or with a grouchy spouse, or challenging job? Did God touch you with it, granting you opportunity you had not expected? Do blessings always come with health, happiness, prosperity, or power?
Can we look beyond the lens of a health and wealth culture to view God’s touch in a new way? Is it possible that his grace can be seen in the midst of struggle, and his mercy in the ability to carry on when others might falter?
Is suffering in his name so out of style that we have begun to demand that God only act in a way we desire or we refuse to call it blessing?
What do you read in his word?