“May God be gracious to us and bless us;
look on us with favor Selah
so that Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.”
Psalm 67:1-2 HCSB
Raise your hand if you think you might get sick if you hear or see one more person talk about their successful children, the amazing vacation they went on or the delicious steak dinner they just ate followed by #blessed. It seems almost as if #blessed is the Christian version of the good life. But what if you are not experiencing these same “blessings” even though you are living a life of faithful obedience? Perhaps it’s time to rethink the meaning of the blessed life.
To be blessed means to be made holy, consecrated. This means our salvation from Christ is a blessing because it cleanses us from sin. Studying God’s Word and living that life of faithful devotion to the Gospel as you work out the ongoing salvation of Christian growth is a blessing. The trials that refine your faith and sift out the dross are blessings. These graces are God’s gifts given so others would be drawn to Him and come to know His salvation. Laura story describes it well in her song, “Blessings” — “What if your blessings come through rain drops? What if trials of this life — the rain, the storms, the hardest nights — are your mercies in disguise?”
Truly, be blessed in Him today.