Do you ever feel like God is skipping over you in the “waiting for a blessing” line? You hear about all the wonderful things that God is doing in your friends and family lives, yet you’re in a blessing famine. Your bank account hasn’t changed, no job promotion, no wedding or baby, no new car or house, nothing. In fact, seems like God is taking things from you. You find yourself unhappy, discontent, discouraged and ready to throw in the towel.
First, let me remind you that you are already blessed. As a believer the fact that Jesus has redeemed us with His blood, bought us out of darkness into His marvelous light, and has granted us eternal life, is the greatest blessing anyone could have. Not to mention, we have every spiritual blessing at our disposal (Eph 1:3).
Secondly, I want us to re-evaluate our definition of a “blessed” life. Before we pronounce “blessing-lessness” (yes, I made up a word) on our lives, we must obtain a Biblical perspective on the subject of blessedness. The prosperity preachers would have us believe that a sign that we are blessed by God, is if we have lots of money, a big house, nice car, power and a prestigious job/career. Sadly, many of us have bought into that lie, believing that having an abundance of worldly possessions is an indicator of how God favors you and blesses you, and that these blessings prove how spiritual you are and that your faith is so great, God pours out His blessings on you. However, physical blessings can’t be a tell-tell sign that we are blessed by God, for there are many rich atheist who own lots of worldly possessions. Although the Bible does teach that God blesses us with physical/tangible possessions, it emphasizes that a truly blessed life, is one that is rooted in Jesus Christ (Eph 1:3; 1 Cor 2:9). A true believer has blessings that they will enjoy for eternity.
Lastly, I want to share how we can access all the blessings that God has for us. Here are three ways to be blessed:
#1- Pursue righteousness- Jesus tells us that one way we can be blessed is to hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matt 5:8). This is the opposite teaching of prosperity preachers, for they stir up in us a hunger and thirst for riches. However, when we actively and intentionally pursue righteousness, to live an acceptable and well-pleasing life for God out of our love and devotion to Him, He promises we will be blessed.
#2- Get godly counsel– I’m convinced that we often experience hardship in our lives because of the advice we get from our friends/family. Although our loved ones mean well, the Bible teaches us not to take advice from ungodly people, sinners (Ps 1:1). There is a difference between wisdom of the world, and godly wisdom, and as Christians we need to seek counsel from believers who can share wisdom found in the Word, not people’s opinions or personal beliefs that go against Scripture. God says if we want to be blessed, stay clear of non-Biblical advice.
#3- Meditate on the Word of God– In Psalm 1, God tells us what not to do (take advice from ungodly) to be blessed, but He then tells us what to do to be blessed, “meditate on His Word day and night”. He then continues to tell us that when we meditate on His Word, focus our hearts and minds on Him throughout our day, and make Him the center of our attention, then we will have fruitful and flourishing godly lives (Ps 1:2-3).
The more we grow in our intimacy and personal relationship with Jesus, the less we will desire the temporary things of this world. Our hearts will become invested in the Kingdom of God, knowing that we will receive all the treasures that we have stored up for ourselves in Heaven (Matt 6:20).