What makes you happy? Blowing bubbles with my great-grandson makes me happy. Just the memory of it makes me smile. When family and friends drop by happiness fills my heart. The list could continue at some length. You get the picture. And if you would like to share your happy moments, please, leave a comment. But what happens when your bubbles burst and the family leaves? Does the happiness fade? Or are you blessed?
The book of Revelation carries seven signs of God’s blessing. Matthew tells us of nine signs of God’s blessing. Peter gives flesh to blessing in his second letter and Ephesians makes us fat with blessing. So what’s the difference between happiness and blessing? God’s word holds the answer.
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2Peter 1:3,4
To be blessed is to share in the divine nature of God through the knowledge of his Son, Jesus Christ. It is Christ living in the believer giving life and godliness to that one.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ…” Ephesians 1:3
Paul goes on to list some of those blessings: We are chosen of God, adopted by Him, accepted by Him, redeemed by His blood, forgiven of our sins. He has made His will known to us and given us an inheritance.
Circumstances will not change our blessedness. Happiness, the feeling, comes and goes with the events of life. Blessing is a constant state of being. Rejoice and be glad.