I wonder how many blessings I’ve missed in my life? Sitting next to our campfire tonight, I realized that the crackling of the fire, the cool crisp night air, and the quietness surrounding me were all blessings. This moment was given to me by God to enjoy and for my good.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” – Ephesians 1:3-4
It blows my mind that God is concerned about my happiness and welfare. Even before the world was materialized, the God of the universe chose to bless me. He sent Jesus to do it. His death sealed it and guaranteed it.
God’s original design for all creation, including mankind, was for it to experience peace, prosperity, growth, and goodness. God created so we might experience joy in Him as we enjoy His creation. Unfortunately, we tend to look for joy in the creation void the Creator. When that happens God brings into our lives another blessing – discipline.
“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.” – Job 5:17
When a person is disciplined by God, they experience His blessing because His discipline helps us live in His original design. It brings our hearts back to His and it reestablishes our joy in Him. His discipline should be welcomed, because it is a sign of His love for us.
We take for granted the blessings in our lives, because we forget to look for them. The conversation you had with a friend at the local coffeeshop is a blessing. The smell of fresh cut grass on a summer afternoon is a blessing. The warm embrace of a loved one is a blessing.
Is every aspect of our lives a blessing? I think so, because every aspect of our lives is touched by the Divine.
Praise God from whom all Blessings flow,
Praise him all Creatures here below,
Praise him above, ye Heavenly Host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.