Life At Its Best: Experience God's everyday blessing
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I recently got a letter from a young man I'd known since he was a child. I remembered seeing him in church every Sunday until he moved away at about 12 years old, and I hadn't heard from him since.
In his letter, he told me what life had been like since he moved. He explained how his mom got addicted to prescription drugs, and that life hadn't been easy.
He said, "But one day, I thought on all I'd learned about God as a kid and decided that, no matter what, I was going to serve him. Now, he's given me a life better than I ever dreamed."
A smile spread across my face as I read the end of the letter. I loved seeing this young man choose to believe in and fight for God's promises, regardless of his circumstances. Because he did, God blessed him in amazing ways.
We can all experience that kind of blessing. Acts 10:35 tells us that God is no respecter of persons. Like every good Father, he desires to bless each one of his children and gives us two keys to walking in that blessing in his word.
First, he says that we must have faith in his promises. In Genesis, we see that Joseph did this well. When he was a teenager, God spoke to him that he'd be a ruler in Egypt, but there were times in his life when it seemed like there was no way God's promise would be fulfilled.
Within just a short period of time, he was sold into slavery, thrown into jail, and accused of sinning against Potiphar, the commander of the Egyptian army. But despite it all, he continued to believe in God's promise and eventually became the second most powerful man in Egypt.
Like Joseph, we won't always see God's blessing right away. There'll be people and circumstances that try to convince us to give up, but we must continue to walk in faith.
Hebrews 10:35 says, "Don't throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded." When we remain obedient and confident in God's promise of blessing, we can be sure we won't be disappointed.
Secondly, we must fight for his promises. While having faith is important, we must recognize that receiving God's blessing requires action.
Proverbs 24:16 says, "The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again." Those who experience God's blessing continue to get back up and fight for it.
The fact is that every one of us will face trials along the way; it's just a part of life. But when we continue to be obedient and act on God's word, we can be sure we'll experience his blessing!
Do you want to see God's blessing in your life? Then I encourage you to walk in obedience and have faith that it can happen. Decide that, no matter what trials come, you'll continue to fight for the blessing he has promised you.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.