Earthly Treasures or Biblical Blessings?

So often in our lives we associate a “blessings” with earthly treasures. Money, fancy cars, tech, clothes, etc. Whenever we receive something new we say, “God has ​blessed​ us greatly!”

This is incredibly far from the truth.

The biblical definition of a ​blessing i​s ​anything that grows your ​intimacy​ with God​. God truly blesses us when He brings us into a deeper relationship with Him. Think about what Heaven truly is… Heaven is ​unending intimacy with the creator of the universe​. A true blessing is when God brings Heaven down to earth ​for us​! However, He doesn’t always do this in ways we would expect, or sometimes, in ways we would even want.

Sometimes, God’s blessings will show up disguised as a curse. BUT, if we are able to see ​how​ God blesses us, we will be able to thank Him ​in the midst of our pain​ like Jeremiah did when he wrote the book of Lamentations. Here are a few ways God will legitimately ​BLESS​ you:

True Blessings

  • God will let your strength fail so that you HAVE to turn towards Him. 

‘“The yoke of my transgressions is bound; By His hand they are knit together. They have come upon my neck; ​He has made my strength fail.​ The Lord has given me into the hands Of those against whom I am not able to stand.”’ (Lamentations 1:14 NASB, emphasis added)

Let’s be real… this looks more like a curse than a blessing. But biblically this is a TRUE blessing. God wants to let ​our ​strength fail so that we can turn back to Him and rely on ​HIS strength. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through ​Him​ who strengthens me.” We were designed to live life walking side by side with our creator. ​God’s strength is what is going to allow us to accomplish what He has called us to, not our own. When He allows us to see that, we have been blessed.

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  • God may crush your dreams to show you the ​beauty ​in HIS plans for you. 

‘“The Lord has rejected all my strong men In my midst; He has called an appointed time against me ​To crush my young men;​ The Lord has trodden as in a wine press The virgin daughter of Judah.’” (Lamentations 1:15 NASB, emphasis added)

In Jeremiah 29:11 God declares to the Jewish people in exile that He knows the plans He has for them, plans for their ​welfare.​ Plans to give them a ​future and a hope​. The same is true for our lives. God has a plan specifically and uniquely ​for every one of us. ​God’s plan for us will be forever better than ​anything ​we could ever dream up with our own imagination. Our God is a creative, all-knowing, powerful and awesome God. Our God is so big that He breathes out stars! Trust in Him when (not just if, but when) He crushes your dreams; He has something greater in store for you!

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  • God will ​allow​ the trials to come to TEACH you and to GROW you.

‘I​t is good for a man that he should bear The yoke in his youth​. ​Let him sit alone​ and be silent​ Since He has laid it on him.​’ (Lamentations 3:27-28 NASB, emphasis added)

God is all-knowing. He knows everything you’ve done, everything you are doing, and everything you are going to do. He knows your thoughts and what’s on your heart. God ​knows you. He doesn’t allow trials to come to “test the waters” with you. He allows trials to ​teach you​. For us, trials will either be faith builders or reality checks. If you pass the trial, you’ll become more intimate with your creator. If you fail the trial, it’ll show you that your relationship with God isn’t as strong as you thought it was. This should encourage you! God cares about you so deeply that He wants to discipline His child to ​teach​ and ​grow​ him/her. Either way, the trials will come to lead us closer to God. Therefore, we need to begin seeing trials as a blessing.

It’s time for us to rethink the way we use the term blessing. If our ​blessing​ isn’t bringing us closer to God, then it’s most likely a curse. Our purpose in life is to look more and more like Jesus Christ, and to grow ​closer​ to God himself. The ​blessings ​that God puts in our life will allow us to do just that. Keep seeking out those blessings. They will bring Heaven down to earth as you draw closer to the one who created both.

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