Faithful Blessings

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by Sherry Chamblee

I got a bit upset today. I heard a story about someone who didn’t seem to recognize the vast blessings God had given them. They had many complaints to God, about how God had not given them one specific thing – the lack of this thing made this person question God’s love, made them question whether or not they even wanted to go to church, made them angry at God and bitter.

One thing.

But this person had plenty of something else. They were well off, they had worked hard and gotten a quality education, and God had blessed them with the ability to earn enough to buy a nice large house in a nice neighborhood, plus their business allowed them to then buy several more properties. This person – to me – was blessed beyond measure.

Yet they were angry at God.

And I’m looking and thinking, “I wish I had that sort of money. It’d be nice to have a house of my own, a nice place big enough for all of us, and rental properties to boot.”

But you know what? That one thing they’re angry at God over? That’s what I have – this person would look at me and tell me that God had blessed me “beyond measure.”

And when I’m thinking about it, I’d agree with them.

But in all honesty, I’ve sometimes wondered at God about why He doesn’t give me “that” blessing – the blessing of money. The blessing of a real big house in a nice neighborhood. Why doesn’t He give me that one?

Am I angry at God for not giving me that “one thing” that I’ve decided defines “blessed”?

 

God never promises to give us everything we desire. He never promises specific blessings of material wealth, or large families, or good health, or fame. He promises blessings like comfort in time of need, joy in time of sorrow, wisdom in time of decision, and grace in time of trials.

The blessings of God are on our soul and spirit, but so often we think of the blessings of God only in terms of the physical.

A house. A car. Good health. Money. Even a large family is something physical.

We need to look at blessings the way God looks at them.

Some things God will give to one and not to another. But that doesn’t mean those two aren’t equally blessed. They are. We just need to have God’s point of view of what a blessing is.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

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