“The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it.” ~Proverbs 10:22 (KJV)
This is probably one of my longer blog post, but it is definitely worth the read…
Have you ever had a conversation with someone who believes they are blessed of God because of the material “things” that God allows them to acquire; such as the nice home, the fancy car, lots of money, expensive jewels, the high paying job, and on, and on, and on?
You get my point… I’m sorry to disappoint, but that belief is not entirely the truth.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~John 8:32 (KJV)
Of course it’s acceptable to say having “things” is a blessing, or as we love to say, God’s favor. We most certainly should always be grateful to God for everything and in every situation.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. ~James 1:17 (KJV)
However, please understand that having great possessions or acquiring many things does not necessarily mean that a person is blessed of God. With all thy getting, get understanding.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” ~Proverbs 4:7 (KJV)
…even the wicked prosper and it appears they will live forever…
“For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” ~Psalms 73:3
“For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.” ~Psalms 73:4
Now, let’s consider the people without all those material “things”.
What about the wonderful Christian single mother; who has a low paying full-time job AND also has to work a part-time job just to make ends meet for her family? Is she not blessed…
What about the dedicated Christian father; who has to take the bus to work in the cold, heat, and rain because he does not have dependable transportation? Is he not blessed…
What about all the Christians with no food to eat, no decent clothes to wear, does not have their own place to live because circumstances and unfortunate events, such as a job lay-off, a horrible accident, a house fire, or even devastation from a hurricane, tornado, or earthquake caused undue hardship? Are they too, not blessed?
Did you notice the use of the word Christian(s)… meaning the born again one; the one who believes in the one and only true God, our Father; the one who has accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior; the one who is filled with the Holy Ghost, and has a guarantee of eternal life (yes, I said Holy Ghost)… yes, Christians are blessed whether or they have worldly wealth!
I know this is a slippery slope… however, even as Believers, we too must sometime suffer, in spite of our great faith; while to the contrary, the wicked seems to prosper (read Psalm 73)…
Peter said it best when he opened his mouth, and said, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” ~Acts 10:34 (NET)
And let us dare not forget what Jesus taught us: “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” ~ Matthew 5:45 (KJV)
Material wealth does not necessarily equate to being blessed of God… remember the rich young ruler? (read Matthew 19:16-22 and Mark 10:17-27).
For to be blessed of God is also to have eternal life. ~Life Coach Babs Charles
I would like for us to examine how some Christians, use the word “blessed”.
Here are some points to ponder:
- Do you, as a Christian, understand the difference between what it means to be blessed of God and what it is to be “blessed” by man?
- Do you believe that Christians can be blessed of God with material things?
- Why do certain Christians often boast about being “blessed”; but will scoff at the sinner who also claims to be “blessed”?
- Do you believe that just because a sinner says he has been “blessed” with material things, but has not accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior, will be blessed of God with eternal life?
- Do you know that sinners also consider themselves “blessed” because of the material things they possess; not because of receiving salvation?
- Do you know there are some Christians who do not have material wealth; yet they are tremendously blessed of God?
- Did you notice in this blog that when the word blessed was in quotations (“blessed”) it referred to the carnal and not the spiritual blessings of God?
Now, let’s look at the word blessed and some of the blessings of God…
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” ~Matthew 5:3 (KJV)
- the Blessing of God is The Kingdom of Heaven
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” ~Matthew 5:4 (KJV)
- the Blessing of God is Comfort
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” ~Matthew 5:5 (KJV)
- the Blessing of God is Inheritance
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” ~Matthew 5:6 (KJV)
- the Blessing of God is Fullness (never again hungry or thirsty)
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” ~Matthew 5:7 (KJV)
- the Blessing of God is Mercy
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” ~Matthew 5:8 (KJV)
- the Blessing of God is See God (how awesome is that)
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” ~Matthew 5:9 (KJV)
- the Blessing of God is We are God’s children (Kingdom Kids)
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” ~Matthew 5:10 (KJV)
- the Blessing of God is Heaven (not Hell)
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” ~Matthew 5:11 (KJV)
- the Blessing of God is It’s all worth it for the sake of Christ
I don’t know about you, but I did not see one instance mentioned above in the BEATITUDES, of having material things as being blessed. Did you?
To be blessed of God is to be endowed with His Divine favor and His protection; it is not merely acquiring material possessions.
So, to those of you who still believe that having “things” and material wealth is a sure sign of being blessed, you do not fully understand what God’s true blessings are because all those “things” you have are simply, What God Allows.
“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven… ~Matthew 5:12a (KJV)
That “great reward in Heaven” is truly what it means to be BLESSED!!!
I am not opposed to having material possessions; I just understand what it means to be blessed of God.
Thank you kindly for reading all the way to the end.
Please provide feedback, your point of view on this intriguing matter is greatly appreciated.
Amen and to God be the glory!
Life Coach Babs Charles