“So then they which be of faith
are blessed with faithful Abraham.”
We count our blessings. We seek more blessings. What blessings have you received? What blessings are you seeking? Family, food, shelter, riches? Gratitude fills our heart when we stop to remember all the good things in our lives. All is well. Life is good. We are happy, blessed.
How does that change when circumstances rob us of our happiness? When we don’t get the job promotion? Sickness sneaks it way into our happy existence? A family tragedy turns our happiness into sorrow? When these things come do we still believe in our blessed life? Do we still count our blessings?
Our answer to those questions depends on our focus. Often we look on temporary blessings that bring us comfort and peace in a troubled world. These can vanish in a moment. Blurry eyes make it hard to count our blessings. It takes a change of focus.
When we cling to earthbound blessings as the source of happiness, we miss our greatest blessedness. God’s greatest good for us is not about comfort but conforming – not to this world’s kingdom but to God’s kingdom by bearing the image of Christ to the world.
The heavenly Father chose us to –
“be conformed to the image of his Son … Knowing …
“we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (From Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18)
Our greatest blessedness doesn’t come from earthly things and physical comfort – don’t get me wrong – I like comfort and stuff as well as the next person. I am thankful for the physical blessings God has brought into my life. I don’t want you to think they mean little. They serve as a reminder of God’s greatest good He has brought to me.
“For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”
The Father gave me Jesus. He gave me everlasting life. Jesus is God’s greatest good for all who will receive Him. Our greatest blessedness comes through faith the same as with Abraham.
“Even as Abraham believed God,
and it was accounted to him for righteousness…
So then they which be of faith
are blessed with faithful Abraham”
Paul explains in the book of Galatians we all fall short of God’s requirement to have a right standing with him. We are born under sin’s curse. In order to receive Abraham’s blessing we must believe.
“But the scripture hath concluded all under sin,
that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ
might be given to them that believe.”
When we receive God’s greatest gift of faith in Jesus Christ, he immediately gives a second gift.
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
The Father doesn’t stop with two spiritual blessings. Ephesians, as we learned in this month’s posts, reminds us He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings. Little by little those gifts are unwrapped in our lives and grow. The blessings mentioned in today’s post are some of the all –
- God’s love poured out upon the world;
- Salvation by faith in his Son;
- no fear of death;
- everlasting life;
- made children of God;
- Being conformed to the image of Christ.
His blessings will not diminish. They cannot be destroyed. No power or authority of earth or the heavens can ever take them from us. For these are God’s goodness given on his authority and his power to all who receive Jesus Christ as Savior. This is where our greatest blessings begin.
They are for now and forever. So –
“If ye then be risen with Christ,
seek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above,
not on things of earth.”
And each day we can walk counting our blessings –
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
When trouble breaks into our physical world – remember to look up and start counting. The trials may be great but our God is greater.