Created to BE Blessed

Part of our BE-ing (that extends far beyond our doing) is that we were Created to BE Blessed.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t wake up every day thinking that God is looking to bless me from the moment the sun rises until the sun rises the following day.  I’m too busy?  Too forgetful, too preoccupied?  Blessing has been so much a part of my life that it has become mundane?  I don’t know.   I guess there are ways in which I’m kind of an ingrate. 

Blessing has been God’s way since creation.  After God created Adam and Eve, He blessed them.  Not because Adam and Eve had done anything yet to make God decide to reward them, but because our God is generous and loves to bless.

I saw the evening news about the tornadoes that ripped through Joplin, Missouri.  Someone had painted a sign that said, “God is With Us.” 

Someone saw that God was blessing even in the midst of tragedy.  This doesn’t come naturally for me.  I have to work hard to cultivate that kind of attitude.

Maybe it’s just the flip side of the sovereignty of God, God gets the credit for any blessings that come my way…and God gets the blame for the things that happen that cause me to question, “Where is God in all of this?”

“God is With Us.” 
Or this photo, “God Saved Us.” 
Blessings in tragedy.  
In every tragedy, blessing is still there.
  • Cancer.  Yet God is with us and is blessing us.
  • Tornadoes.  Yet God is with us and is blessing us.
  • Death of loved ones.  Yet God is with us and blessing us.
  • Tsunami in Japan, Earthquake in Haiti, Unrest in the Middle East–we cannot forget these.  Yet God is there…blessing still.

Sounds a lot like the prophet Jeremiah in Lamentations:

I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.  I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:  Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”  The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;  it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.  It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.  Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him.  Let him bury his face in the dust– there may yet be hope.  Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace.  For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.  Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.  (Lamentations 3:19-32)

Look at the blessings of God in this passage:  the LORD’s great love, His compassions never fail, His great faithfulness, His goodness, His salvation, His hope!

If He is our portion—as He has been since Adam and Eve were first created and before they had ever done a thing—then indeed we have been Created to BE Blessed.

Categories Articles and Devotionals, Chapel Worship/News, Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on May 30, 2011

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1 Comment

  1. by Teri

    On October 31, 2011

    Aaah, yes, thankfulness…what a better season to ponder all the blessings He bestows upon us, yet how easily I slip into “poor me” thinking and grumbling, even petty resentments I thought I had kicked long ago. God is indeed good and no matter what we are going through, He is still on the throne! Thanks for the reminder, Barbara. How many times to I need to learn that he is all I really need….?

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