Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Never Miss A Blessing

“There was a king who placed a heavy stone in the road and hid to see who would remove it. Men of various classes came and worked their way around it, some loudly blaming the king for not keeping the highways clear, but all dodging the duty of getting it out of the way. At last a poor peasant, on his way to town with his burden of vegetables for sale, came, and contemplating the stone, laid down his load, and rolled it into the gutter. Then, turning around he spied a purse, which had lain right under the stone. He opened it and found it full of gold pieces with a note from the king, saying it was for the one who should remove the stone.” How many of us can relate to this story? Unfortunately, it is a story that illustrates how many people have missed many blessings and opportunities for a blessing. Keep in mind that in all of our present situation and everyday challenges, blessings from God may take many forms. God loves to bless His people as the Psalmist testifies, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalms 84:11 ESV).

I hope that when we become fully warned, we will never miss a blessing anymore but instead reap every blessing when given the chance. Jesus taught the keys to a blessed life after He taught the Sermon on the Mount called the “Beatitudes.” On the other hand, we are expected to adopt them as the “Be-Attitudes,” blessings will occur. Here’s the attitude with their corresponding blessings: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account” (Matthew 5:3-11 ESV).

Just like the story illustrated above, receiving the blessing was pre-conditioned after removing the stone. Therefore, it must be clearly understood that blessings are always conditional. Jesus clearly showed it also. While there are blessings that God has created for our benefits, (Genesis 1) there are specific blessings that needs to be received as a response to specific command and condition like the “Beatitude.” Just be sure not to reject any negative situations right away for they may contain the blessing we need. Remember that God’s principle in blessing people are totally different from how the world bestows it.

Let me share another story to illustrate how we can never miss a blessing: “One morning R.C. Chapman, a devout Christian, was asked how he was feeling. "I'm burdened this morning!" was his reply. But his happy countenance contradicted his words. So the questioner exclaimed in surprise, "Are you really burdened, Mr. Chapman?" "Yes, but it's a wonderful burden--it's an overabundance of blessings for which I cannot find enough time or words to express my gratitude!" Seeing the puzzled look on the face of his friend, Chapman added with a smile, "I am referring to Psalm 68:19, which fully describes my condition. In that verse the Father in heaven reminds us that He 'daily loads us with benefits.'"

In order not to miss any blessing from God, always seal it with a gratitude-filled heart. Filipinos have this playful way of securing a birthday gift from their friends before their actual birthday, “Thank you for the gift for my birthday!” While to some it maybe annoying but God will never be annoyed by such gestures. Instead, He is more than willing to release many blessings to those who believe Him as the Giver of all blessings. Try it and you’ll see the effects.

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