Christians–we believe in God’s blessings. Early Christians believed, Christians in this age believe, and true future Christians will believe. Unbelievers have their doubts about blessings. They may even ask, “Why believe in blessings?”
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Christians believe in God’s blessings because we believe in God’s word. His word is divine, supreme; it reigns above all, is vast and true. The Bible gives knowledge of God. His word changes lives from ordinary to blessed.
Sometimes, I go to the Bible for specific answers to questions I have right now. I usually find my blessing when God shows me insight. Then there are times I stumble upon a particular verse. A verse I wasn’t searching for, but happened to read and find understanding to separate situation I may be confused about. Biblical insight is a blessing.
As a Christian living in American, these last two years have been especially stressful, difficult–let’s just admit it’s been tough. Our country, born of God, with liberty and justice for all Americans, is failing us.
“Why is God allowing our citizens, cities, businesses, government, and religion to suffer?”
That’s a question I’ve pondered, and I’m sure many others have as well, concerning the state of our country. Though I wasn’t searching for an answer to that question during Bible time, God opened my eyes to an answer full of blessings.
Romans 8:28 And we know in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
I acknowledge God has a purpose and a plan, but the insight I found reading Romans 8:28 opened my eyes to the definition of blessings.
“… God works for the good of those who love Him,…,” When God works, those works aren’t always “good” in the sense of what I consider good, but those works are for our good. This means all His works are good, all His works are blessings.
This means even when bad happens, though it may be sorrowful, ugly and painful, that “bad” is God working for our good. That bad is a blessing–a blessing in disguise. That’s God drawing us closer to Him, as He did when my daughter was ill last year. When my Joy was ill I delved into more prayer, more Bible reading, and placed more trust in God than I ever had before. I humbled myself and gave Him my all.
God pulled me closer. Joy’s suffering was a blessing in disguise, increasing my relationship with my Creator.
And that’s what God wants from us–He wants our all. He wants every cell in our body to turn to Him, in good and in bad, to be humble and acknowledge His power over earthly power. He wants our faith, trust, hopes, thoughts, actions. He even wants our doubts and frustrations–He wants all of us to be of Him. And sometimes for whatever reason (perhaps for purposes that will never be known to us in earthly time), bad things still happen.
But, as believers, we are called to accept God’s will. We aren’t to count just the joyful and uplifting as blessings. Romans 8:38 is telling us, “…in all things,…,” God is doing for our good. In some way, sickness, riots, shop closures, mandates, and churches being suppressed is a blessing in disguise. All ugly events created through evil, but allowed by God to happen in our country just as He allowed evil to attack Job.
But through it all, Job still loved God.
Job 13:15 “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.”
As satan has done since America’s birth, he plots to destroy America’s family unity, divide our country by race, crumble our growing economy, and topple our republic. But God…when we believe in His strength, His love and mercy turns evil into blessings.
You take what the enemy meant for evil
And You turn it for good
You turn it for good
-See A Victory, by Elevation Worship
I have no doubt God is good, that God is there with us in the pain. That He wants what is best for us, though the very best is yet to come. Just look to the cross; Jesus’ sufferings for mankind is the profound blessing.
In our fallen world, the enemy is out to kill, steal and destroy. Though satan is out there 24/7 injecting evil into Christian lives, Christians still stand firm on God’s word and in His blessing that in all things, He is working for the good of those who love Him.
It’s up to us to realize that unwanted circumstances, they are often blessings in disguise.
ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF JESUS?
If you’re not certain you’ve ever invited Jesus into your heart, now is the perfect time. Pray this sinner’s prayer found at Gotquestions.com. Through Jesus you will receive the hope that He alone offers.
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”