Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The Alpha of Being Blessed
UV2939/10000 The Alpha of Being Blessed
And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
Ezekiel 34 v 26
The Bible teaches us how we can be blessed. The first blessing God pronounces after creation is in the book of Genesis: “ God blessed them and said, “ Be fruitful.” To be blessed by God means that we have the favour of God. It does not mean that bad things do not happen to the blessed. Jesus, the most esteemed Son of God faced much trial, trouble and sorrow during His earthly sojourn. To be blessed by the Lord implies that our destiny, our final place in eternity is fixed, settled, established. The blessing of the Lord cannot be revoked, cancelled or countered.
There are a variety of ways we can be blessed. When we bless Israel, we are blessed. When take refuge in the Lord Jesus, we are blessed. When we have consideration for the weak and poor , we are blessed. We are blessed when the Lord disciplines us. We are blessed if we maintain justice. We are blessed if we fear or deeply respect the Lord. We are blessed if we study the Word diligently and obey it consistently. We are blessed if our ways are blameless. We are blessed if we are faithful. We are blessed if we raise godly children. We are blessed if we search and find wisdom. We are blessed if we wait for the Lord. We are blessed when we pray for our enemies. We are blessed when we recognize our sinfulness, our inability to save our own souls. We are blessed when we mourn and comfort those who mourn. We are blessed when we hunger for righteousness, peace and justice. We are blessed when we are merciful. We are blessed when we are truly humble before God and man. We are blessed when we are attacked and persecuted for no fault of ours. We are blessed when we are insulted and humiliated. We are blessed when we go in the name of the Lord into any venture. We are blessed when we give generously. We are blessed when we persevere in doing good. We are blessed when we call on the Lord. We are blessed when we acknowledge the Lord in all our ways. He blesses us in a variety of ways- with all round comprehensive peace or Shalom, with joy, with contentment, with security, with longevity, with abundance of spiritual fruit.
Above all, we are blessed when God is with us. The presence of God or the personal relationship and deep fellowship with Him is a sufficient cover of blessing upon our lives. He is the Alpha and Omega of blessing. He shall send a shower of blessings when we need it. He can also send a flood of blessings. So much so, the places where our feet tread will be blessed. The Word or Alpha is the key to opening the floodgates of blessings in our lives. When the Lord blesses us, He adds no sorrow to it. Many people who are rich in the things of this world are affected by some deep sorrow or affliction in their lives. But , we should seek to be rich towards the Lord, rich in our attitudes towards Him and His Word.