I’ve been spending all my potential blog post writing time on some new activities lately – namely working (from home) and drafting/leading a Bible study based on a classic book “What Happens When Women Pray” by Evelyn Christenson. (It’s a terrific book on exactly what the title describes from the late 60’s.)
Both of these activities are truly blessings – and I’m using that word deliberately. I’ve been struggling with the concept of blessing, considering myself fortunate, and just things for which I simply should be grateful. However, through my study preparation, I’ve found this truth. God allows us to come near to him – asks us to, in fact, in truth initiating all of our relationship. He is patient and faithful and when we ask, we receive. That doesn’t mean that if we don’t get what we wanted, we aren’t blessed. I’m not sure sometimes when we do get what we want that it means we are. However, when we receive something for which it is easy to be grateful, such as a perfect job opportunity (that’s me) – we can consider it a blessing because it shows God’s glory.
Remember when God freed His people from Pharaoh – He hardened Pharaoh’s heart; He showed He could do great and terrible things. Freeing the Israelites was a demonstration of His infinite power. They certainly didn’t deserve it. They lacked the power to free themselves. But He sent the plagues and freed His people, for His Glory.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.” Exodus 10:10 NIV (emphasis mine)
I don’t deserve the good and pleasant things in my life. I haven’t the power to obtain them on my own. But when I am faithful to the Father, and He generously provides, He demonstrates the wonderful character of God to the people around me. They see His Glory. And to that end, I am truly blessed.