Faith, Prayer

The Blessings of God

Lately, I have found references to the blessings of God all around me. It’s like God is trying to get my attention and he’s leaving little messages for me all around.

For example, I have a scanned image on my computer desktop that includes the phrase, “Our God is a Sun and Shield,” along with the verse Psalm 84:11. I’ve had that image on my desktop for months –  but I’ve never looked the verse up. It just never entered my mind. However, on Sunday just after my devotions – where I read about the blessings of God in prayer – I felt a desire (a prick of the Holy Spirit?) to look up this verse. This is what I read in verses 11 – 12:

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;

The LORD gives grace and glory;

No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You.

More about blessing!

Then, that morning in church, our pastor preached a message about the blessing of God on the lives of His children who are faithful to give of their time, talent, and treasure to the King and Kingdom.

More about blessing!

But, do you want to know what is really amazing? On Saturday, my husband and I had been talking about jobs and finances and other related issues, discussing what direction the LORD might have us take. You see, we have recently moved, and I don’t have a job yet. Plus, I turned one down last week that my husband and I both agreed was wrong for me. Additionally, my husband’s job isn’t perfect for a variety of reasons, although there is the possibility of a better job on the horizon. We were discussing why God hasn’t opened doors to jobs for me, if the possible new job would be right for my husband, and where all these changes were taking us.

Like many people, I tend to worry too much when I can’t see all the steps ahead. So, we were talking and praying on Saturday, then the next morning, God said to me, “Blessed is the [woman] who trusts in [Me],” and “No good thing [will I] withhold from those who walk uprightly.” He topped that off with a message about faith and trust and blessing at church, and I was nearly bursting at the seams to tell my husband when he got off work. God told me, “I got this!” How great is that!?

So, what exactly does it mean when God blesses someone? All bills magically disappear? Our jobs are perfect and our families wonderful? No – even better, blessing, in the Biblical sense, means to “ask for or impart supernatural favor.”1 And isn’t that what we all want in our lives? The favor of God?

I don’t know how the blessing of God in my life will change my life and my circumstances, but I believe He’s got something special in store for my husband and me, and I can’t wait. His favor on my life sounds pretty awesome! How ‘bout you? Do you want the favor of God on your life? What are you willing to do to get it? I’ve committed to a 40-day prayer commitment, asking for His blessing on my life, and the wisdom to recognize it when it comes. My 40 days started on Saturday! Isn’t God good! Will you join me in praying specifically for the favor of God on your life – beyond what you are currently experiencing – for 40 days? If so, let me know in the comments.

1 Wilkinson, B. The Prayer of Jabez, page 23

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