The Blessing of the Lord
This morning, I totally forgot that today we do the Word for Wednesday. So I'm putting mine up a little late in the day (it's good to know I'm not the only one). I'm currently working on a few others, so here's to hold you over 'till then... Enjoy!
"The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it" (Proverbs 10:22).
Lately, I've been reflecting on just how good God is. Even when thing seem to be going wrong, God is still good. This week, I've been seeing this in even the little things -- things that may not seem like much to some people, but they mean a lot to me. My family and I have also been discussing this a lot over the past week. One day, we were out on an errand, and this discussion came up. Then a thought came to me: God told Abraham, "That in blessing I will bless thee..." We know that God was speaking about abundantly blessing Abraham, but it's so interesting to consider it this way: In your blessing, God will bless you!" The Bible says that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and Jesus said, "Give and it shall be given to you" in the same measure. I'm not talking about always giving money, either; whatever God tells you to give, give it whole-heartedly -- your money, your time, your energy. Give it to God; do whatever He tells you to do. I've been learning that when we obey God, even in personal matters, we are blessed; you know, that thing that the Lord has been dealing with you about -- if you just obey Him in it, you will feel so blessed: "Wow! I actually did it! I never thought that I could do that!" And I believe that it's because it blesses God when we obey Him; therefore, it blesses us, because we know we are pleasing Him! I think a big problem arises when the world isn't going our way and we open up our mouths and spew. It is in those moments, that we need to decide: are we going to obey God Who tells us to watch our tongues, or are we going to do what we feel like doing? Actually, my pastor once said, "Make your mouth speak good"; when things are going well, that's easy to do, but when things are going wrong, it's easier said than done. However if we really think about it, God has done so much for us; surely, even when it seems like the world is falling apart, we can find something to be thankful to God for! If it seems like the day has been lopsided, well, your thanks could go something like this: "Thank you, Lord, that it wasn't any worse!" Or, "Thank you Lord that No weapon formed against me shall prosper!" Or even, "Thank you, Lord, for that blessing You gave me yesterday!" Focus on God's blessings! The Bible says, "Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah" (Psalm 68:19). He daily loads us with benefits! So if your feeling down today, instead of consentrating on all the bad things, I challenge you to look for something good to thank the Lord for. You will feel so much better; you will find that your mind will no longer feel like it wants to exploid -- you have shifted from the negative to the positive. And actually, research has shown that your brain creates chemicals based on how you think: if you think negatively all the time, your brain releases those harmful chemicals into your body; but if you think positively; good chemicals are released. So look for the good in every situation; it will not only help you to feel better, but you'll find that you are obeying the Lord and that will make you even happier. And the Lord will not expect you to do this and not reward you for it; He will bless you, and He wants to do so much more for you!
"For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly" (Psalm 84:11).
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