Receiving a blessing from God can be a life changing experience. I think it always is but we don’t always perceive it that way. We notice the huge blessings that shutter our world and give us goosebumps. The so-called smaller blessings are not as noticeable but they are also from God. God is a giver and He is a lover. He gives a lot and He gives happily. Everything He gives is good. He gives perfect gifts. Like I said it’s not always easy to see what He gives us and to recognize what we get as a gift from God. God’s blessings are all around us and they should be pointed out, recognized, appreciated, cherished and embraced. I can see how in my life I notice the big blessings and they rock my world. They make me stop and worship. They make me look at life differently and they make me feel good. Those blessings freeze time and give me a re-evaluation of who God is, a new appreciation for God. However, I have learned that I should appreciate all God’s blessings. I should receive them and enjoy them. Big or small they are all from God and they are very good. You see, the point is to acknowledge that all things from God are good, noble, pure and amazing. God gives amazing blessings. Some of the ones that I used to consider small blessings can be giant blessings to other people. The key is to accept them for what they are and rejoice over them. Receiving God’s blessings is a necessity because it is a form of accepting God for who He is. In the natural when we get a present from someone and take it and like it, we are showing that we are accepting the person and accepting their care for us. Receiving God’s present is receiving God’s presence, receiving a piece of Heaven, receiving a smile from the Lord. Today I want to encourage you to identify God’s blessings in your life and see them for what they are.
What do God’s blessings look like? They come in all different forms. A blessing is defined as God’s favor and protection. The favor part comes into play when we get something that stands out for the ordinary. These can be spiritual blessings, materialistic blessings or physical blessings. God pours favor and gives exceptional gifts all the time. When we are in Him and we stay in faith, His favor rests upon us. I have gone through periods of blessings that were clearly a presentation of God’s favor. It’s not because of who I am but because of who He is. I believe that we ought to receive God’s blessings and favor with humility. We have to understand that His favor is because of who God is. It’s all Him. We are the recipient of His love and we are not worthy of it but He makes us worthy. Through Him we receive, through Him we live, through Him we are blessed. We can’t buy how way through His blessings. He is the giver that gives mercifully. His grace is outstanding. Are you aware of His ongoing goodness? Do you see how kind and loving He is in your life? Do you count your blessings? Do you understand what they look like?
There is so much we can take for granted. There is so much that we think is normal in our lives and we don’t even think they are blessings from God because they appear to be part of our lives and they will always be there. Sometimes we don’t see the value of what we have until it is gone or taken away. A few years ago, we lost power on several occasions because of some bad winter storms. I slept in a cold house and it made me appreciate my heating system a lot more. Some people don’t have heat which is just a normal part of life for other people. Heat is a blessing. It’s not a given for everyone. It’s one of those things that we can see as a small blessing but we should really be grateful for it and thank God for it. I like to make a list of all my blessings. I like to count them and to keep them in mind. It is a good way to receive them and to receive God. With God we go from glory to glory so we can expect His blessings to increase and to get bigger. A major blessing, I used to ignore is the blessing of God’s instructions. The Bible explains that when we pay attention to God’s Word, we prosper. God’s Word is one of the biggest blessings that we should be open to and receive. Treat yourself to some quality time in the Word of God and you will receive blessings that will surpass your expectations.
Suggested reading: Psalm 20:4; Exodus 23:25; Proverbs 16:20