Counting Our Blessings


God is good! His kindness exceeds every boundary our logic or imagination might set. He distributes His physical blessings to all people, and yet He has set aside special spiritual gifts for those people who love Him without reservation, and follow in His ways.

We were at a prayer meeting. The brothers and sisters of the congregation were encouraged to share a testimony to God’s glory. As one after another shared their testimony, it became evident that they were all hinged on one thought: “blessings.”

One said, “My daily prayer is that God would give me His blessing. I have no joy in life when the weeks pass by without a blessing from the Lord. When I am blessed, I am happy. My face shines with joy and others are curious to know the source of my joy.” In response to this comment, another brother said, “It all depends on the extent of the blessings God bestows on us” – I believe the brother said it correctly. Now, what exactly are blessings?

 The Physical Blessings

“For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God” (Hebrews 6:7). This Word is fulfilled on a daily basis. The Lord in all His goodness pours out His blessing on both the righteous and the unrighteous. He sends rain and sunshine, seedtime and harvest. It is a privilege to recognize this and take everything from His hand. He has given us a home, clothing and nourishment, neighbors and friends. Most of us are also blessed with health and strength to do our daily work.

We are also blessed with music. The highest expression of music is when songs are sung or played by God's children to the glory and praise of our great God.

If I attempted to list everything that is a result of God’s goodness, I would not even be able to comprehend half of it with my limited understanding. Someday in heaven we will be able to recognize the depth and breadth of God’s love. The psalmist knew this and proclaimed, “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:11).

Think of the beauty and splendor of nature that surrounds us! The birds, flowers, mountains, forests, and oceans all speak to us by their ever-changing natural drama. In springtime God blesses us with singing and chirping, re- freshing rain and thousands of other things. Do we fully acknowledge these as His good gifts? Do we always have a thankful heart?

Spiritual Blessings

All people can enjoy these material and physical gifts. Yet for us as His children, God has even greater blessings in store. We not only enjoy the wonders of His creation, we also have the great privilege of knowing His plan of salvation and appreciating things of eternal value.

These are the spiritual blessings. At the forefront is salvation from sin, which was already prophesied in the promise that God gave to Abraham, “in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 28:4). Salvation, and everything it encompasses, is by far the greatest blessing that God could bestow on mankind. Through justification, made possible by the suffering and death of the only begotten Son, our souls can be freed from the bondage of sin. From that moment, a new creation is born – a sinner becomes a child of God. The person who had formerly followed Satan enters into a relationship with God.

Through the second work of grace, sanctification, our heart is fully cleansed by faith and the Holy Spirit dwells in us. What a blessed, wonderful experience! Each day we can drink from the fountain of His grace and mercy. This grace enables us to withstand temptation and claim the victory. It makes the load lighter, the difficult road more pleasant and gives us courage. It also gives us the joy we need, especially when we walk through dark valleys. This is why we should do our utmost to claim this blessing for ourselves. Another blessing is divine healing. There are few who do not identify healing from physical illness as a blessing. Consider how deeply the infirm desire to be freed from their suffering. I have often heard people praise and thank God with joyful hearts for the healing of their body.

Special Gifts of Blessing

The heart of a Christian is refreshed when he receives a special blessing from God’s hand that comes to him like a gift from heaven. Everyone has the opportunity to receive this kind of heavenly blessing. However, there are some prerequisites that we need to fulfill according to God’s Word. Full consecration is one of these prerequisites. There is more to this than most Christians think. Consecration means that we take every personal aspiration and every personal goal that we might still possess and lay them in God’s hands for His complete direction and control. Let us give ourselves fully to the Lord and His will!

Obedience is equally necessary in order to receive the blessings of God. “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known” (Deuteronomy 11:26-28). If we obey the entirety of God’s Word, even to the smallest detail, then we will experience these showers of blessing.

In order to receive God’s blessings, we must ourselves be generous, and give as the Holy Spirit leads us. It seems to me that God’s children, who have been given so much, often neglect this critical area. This is often the reason Christians are lacking in spiritual blessings.

Brothers and sisters, let us grow quiet in the presence of God and contemplate all the blessings that we have received from the gracious hand of God. We will be overwhelmed by the fullness of all that God has given us!

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