Many people think a blessed person is someone who has it all — lives in a big house, drives an expensive car, has the best job, and so forth. This way of thinking is distorted. If we see a blessing just as material things then we miss a blessing in our lives, because we compare our lives to others.
The word “blessing” means “a favor or gift bestowed by God or the invoking of God’s favor upon a person.” It also is defined as “approval” and “good wishes” (www.dictionary.com/browse/blessing). A blessing comes in many forms. It can come directly from God. Or a blessing can come from family members, friends, or complete strangers through God working in them.
Before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the world was full of chaos and hate. After the hurricane, we saw people working together. Complete strangers risking their lives to save others. As Christians, we need to be watchful on how we say we are blessed. I am guilty of this as well. I said, “I was blessed to have minor damage in my home. A home I can still live in after the storm.” But, we all have to understand those who have lost everything due to the storm, they are still blessed. God protected their family, and, in the past three weeks, people have seen complete strangers help them rebuild their home. In Philippians 4:19 declares that “MY God will supply every need to yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” In Isaiah 41:10, God says “fear no, for I am with you; be no dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” “And from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16). I encourage everyone who is going through hardship to declare these Scriptures over your life.
Many who have lost their homes have asked, “What shall we eat?” “What shall we drink?” What shall we wear?” (Matthew 6:30-33). They have lost all their belongs. They have lost all their food. They only have the clothes on their back. But, be encouraged today. God clothes you every day with His blessings and righteousness. Churches and business have opened their doors to give food, clothes, furniture, and toiletries to those in need. God put it on their hearts to bless you with items that you have lost. It may be heartbreaking and difficult to ask for help, but never turn down a blessing.
There may be some who are too broken to see God’s blessing in their lives. And, that is okay. Having any kind of loss is devastating and finding hope again may take time. Sometimes all we can do is get on our knees and cry out to God for help. Through prayer we all will find “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). Psalm 144:2 is a prayer of declaration in time of need: “He is My steadfast love and My fortress, My stronghold and My deliverer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge.” This Scripture not only gives you hope again, but it also gives you renewed strength through Christ. Matthew 5:4 states the “blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Let these words wash over you and remind you that you are not alone. God is ALWAYS with you.
And, always remember that a blessing is not all about material things. A blessing is simply God loving on us through a prayer being answered. His continuous protection over your life and family. A blessing is helping people in need. We are blessed every day through Christ.