When was the last time you stopped and went through all the ways you have been blessed by God?
Your answer will provide an indication of the level of gratitude that resides in your heart – or, do you have a demanding heart, one which is always approaching God asking Him to do (fix/mend/heal) something for you?
The issue with being always focused on our problems is that we then tend to over-emphasise the difficulties in our lives. This pre-occupation with the disasters in our lives cast a dark shadow over our days and we fail to notice those moments when we are blessed by God. As Selwyn mentions in today’s study, ‘we have a tendency to count the bad things that happen to us rather than the good things’.
He concludes his study with these words: “How does your day begin? With a song of praise and thanksgiving or with a sigh (as you remember all the things you should do) ? If it is with a sigh then you might consider adopting Sir John Templeton’s practice of lying quietly in your bed after you have awakened and thinking of five new ways you have been blessed.”
As I mentioned yesterday, if you are not able to identify any blessings – then close your eyes and look at the cross. The fantastic blessing which flows from Christ’s work on the cross – should open your eyes to all the other blessings that have been given to you by God.
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 1:3-10 (NIV), we read about God’s amazing blessing for us: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.
With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”
Life on this fallen world can be very difficult at times – especially as we get older and our bodies start to wear out; yet, our eyes are fixed on the promises we have in Christ. We know that Jesus is leading us to our promised home, to be with Him in eternal peace and nothing can separate us from His love. His Words are also a wonderful blessing – words, that are given power by His Spirit as an assurance of what He said – is true!