blessing

I think when I hear the word blessing I often think too narrowly, too shallow for what God has in mind. Unfortunately, western Christianity has relegated God’s blessing to little more than trinkets and juvenile pursuits. We’ve been shown that blessing means luxury or approval from others. But this can’t be right. Jesus was blessed, wasn’t he? And yet he did not have a home.

Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”            Matthew 8:20

 

So blessing has to be more. God’s blessing must be more. It can’t just be the giving of stuff. Not in a faith where the founders and first leaders are all martyrs. Not in a faith where many of the third-world countries still murdered and plunder the families of the faithful. Blessing must be different than stuff. Blessing must be more.

Tell Aaron and his sons, “This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.’

“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”         Numbers 6:23-27

Blessing is not God giving—it’s God seeing. Blessing is not so much the stuff God gives us, but the fact that God sees us. He takes notice. He knows us. And what we are going through, what we are doing, who we are.

 

What could be more of a blessing than the face of God shining on us? God’s face turning towards us? And peace, that wonderful peace that has no dependency on today or tomorrow. No dependency on what’s happening or has happened. No dependency on my wants or disappointments. A peace that is wholly other, completely outside of me. A peace that is given not captured or earned. Indeed God is gracious to us when he looks on us, sees us, and wraps us in peace.

 

May God bless you today. I am praying for God’s blessing for you who read, praying that you would feel the heat of God’s shining face turned towards you. Praying that you will feel the comforting weight of his peace coming down on you.

 

May the name of God be on you and may you be blessed.

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