If you have been a Christian for awhile then you have experienced God’s blessings.
You say you haven’t?
Then you’re not paying attention. What you need to realize is that God doesn’t just deal in world shattering miracles or blessings. He knows you intimately and can bless you in so many uncounted ways.
Take a step back and take a look at your life as a Christian. If you do that I think you will change your mind. Here are some things to look for:
- Have you ever had money come in to pay a bill just in the nick of time?
- Has someone given you something no one knew you needed?
- Have you been in an accident that could have been much worse than it was?
- Ever solved a problem but in all honesty you don’t know how you did it?
- Ever been mysteriously healed of a disease or injury?
- Ever lost a job and somehow things just worked out for you?
- Or lost a job, maybe homeless, but you survived?
These are all possible blessings. And I could go on, but hopefully you get the drift.
As for me I work with computers. I am not a technician by any stretch of the imagination. Nor am I a software expert although I have written computer programs. But there have been times when writing those programs that I ran into a roadblock that I couldn’t solve. I prayed and later (maybe minutes, maybe days) I got it working. But ask me how I did it and I would tell you “I don’t know.” That, in my opinion, was a blessing of God.
I have been involved in car accidents. One that comes to mind was a car pulled out in front of me and I reacted. I “saw” children in the back of the car. I knew I couldn’t stop in time, so I went for the shoulder of the road. Driving parallel to the road I went down into a ditch and up the other side and finally brought the car to a halt. When I got out and walked back toward the ditch I saw my gas tank lying on the ground. But my biggest shock was in the ditch there was a concrete culvert and about a car’s width away a good size stump – and my car went right between them with me never seeing the stump! Not only that another car followed the car that had caused me to have the accident. He later came back to see how I was and told me there were no kids in the car. Now that was a blessing!
But I have experienced much smaller blessings as well. There have been times when I and my wife have been extremely short on money and money showed up. Sometimes it was money we knew was scheduled but had forgotten about and sometimes it was money we hadn’t expected at all!
The truth is that God blesses us in great and small ways, but He most often uses the littlest things to bless us and sometimes we aren’t aware of them. Unless were looking.
But how do you handle blessings when they come?
This is actually a key question. Christians should expect God’s blessings either as answers to prayer or sometimes just plain unexpected. But how we handle is even more important than our anticipation of it.
What follows are just three basic ideas. You could build upon these as you see fit. These are not complex.
- Thankfulness. Not just saying Thank you, but meaning it. God loves a thankful heart (Col. 3:15).
- Be encouraged. God blesses you because He loves you and has plans for you (Joshua 1:6-9).
- Seek God’s Will (Heb. 11:6).
These are just a few ideas. Consider them building blocks and add to them. I have found that walking with God is a series of experiences. Growth is not always smooth, but it sure can be adventurous. I have had bad experiences, but when I consider how He blessed either in or afterward, I am glad they happened. So in summary:
- Be Thankful.
- Be encouraged.
- Be seeking His Will.
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