About this time last year, I wrote on the topic of making New Year’s resolutions and why we tend not to keep them. This year, I meditated on what a new year means to me, it dawned on me that New Year’s is a time for new beginnings. It’s a time to refresh yourself for the upcoming new year. To use a computer term, it’s a reboot.
Right around New Year’s, we had some friends over and I was sharing with my wife and our friend how this year I want anticipate receiving blessings from The Lord. I asked them what they were hoping for in the new year. My wife, Amy, shared that she would like more quality time with the family. Our friend shared that she wanted to be more connected to family and friends. I then added that I wanted to enjoy life more. I find it interesting that these blessings we all anticipated dealt with life and relationships – not possessions.
The Holy Spirit neatly tied all three of our blessings together in that blessings are spending quality time with The Lord and staying connected to Him first and for most. And He will give you the desires of your heart. In a nutshell, you and I can and should anticipate blessings from God. When I shared that with my wife she said that would make a great post for New Year’s … a reminder to anticipate God’s blessings. My friend and brother Greg often tells me how he expects God to bless him everyday. Greg continually reminds me how I should also expect and anticipate The Lords blessings upon my own life. Isn’t it good to have friends who will speak life into you!
What do you know about blessings and how are they beneficial? For the answer to this question we must go to the Bible. First of all, blessings are God related. Simply put, God is the possessor of all blessings and we become His recipients. Secondly, blessings are God’s unmerited favor. In other words, we do nothing to deserve them in the first place. With that said, how does a child of God anticipate His blessings? It’s through a relationship with Christ. Stretch your mind for a moment and go beyond the physical and think pass the material. If you are a parent, you know what it is to love. You can best believe that your children anticipate receiving blessings from you because of who you are – the parent.
The book of Genesis will shed some light on God’s blessings towards his children. Blessings were with Adam and Eve in the beginning when God created them and His blessings continued even after they disobeyed.
WHAT GOD CURSED AND WHAT HE BLESSED
And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
So there you have it right in front of you in black and white. God did not curse mankind. He cursed the serpent and He cursed the ground. But He didn’t curse His people. Even though God held Adam and Eve accountable for their actions, and they had to endure the consequences for their disobedience, God never cursed them. He blessed them. You see, Adam and Eve could not even have endured the consequences of being banished from the Garden of Eden if not for God’s blessings of mercy and grace upon them. In fact, God was so merciful in that they were not given an immediate death sentence. God blessed Adam and Eve by making provisions for them when He clothed them with the skins of animals. And God, today, continues to bless and make provisions for us.
It is God’s deepest desire to bless His children. So it was in the beginning and so it is now. Christians, we are a blessed people! Not because of who we are, but because of who Jesus is. God made this declaration thousands of years ago through His prophet, Jeremiah. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
It’s my prayer that through this post, those who do not know for sure they are God’s child will hear God’s plan for them today. Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Yes! The plan of Salvation is that simple.
Now Christians, I hope this look at the word of God has changed your perspective on blessings and curses. And, that you will remember that you are blessed! I pray that we all will be looking for God’s blessings upon our lives in 2015!