Many of us are going to pray amongst family, over our Thanksgiving dinner and thank God “for all of our blessings.” What do we mean by that? What about the families that believe in God and don’t feel blessed? What about the families that prayed more than most others only to have the crummiest year ever? How should we define blessings? Is it even important? Joey seems to think so. He wrote a whole post on it.

Blessings. What the Hell Are They?

Christians mention blessings constantly. Look at these common “blessing” statements.

“Lord, bless us.”

“Man, I feel blessed.”

“Wow, dude you are blessed and highly favored for sure.”

“Wow.  What a blessing!”

I don’t want to try and provide answers right now.  I want to ask you a few questions.

Let’s jump right in.  Think on this for me:  James 1:2-3 and 1 Peter 1:7 both make it absolutely clear that trials are blessings.

So, with that in mind why don’t we look at those “blessing” statements again. . . . . .

Okay, did you check them out?  I really want you to.  Read them again.

Let’s agree on something real quick.  All of these statements would be said after something really good had just gone down, right?  That dude found himself a great spouse.  This girl landed a new job.  My brother bought a new house.  I made a ton of great friends.

I certainly don’t want to allude to any of those not being blessings, but…

  1. What if the marriage ends in divorce?

  2. What if the job takes too much time away from her family?

  3. What if the new house straps you too thin financially or has termites?

  4. What if some of your friends turn out to become enemies and break the hell out of your heart?

Do all of those things cease to be blessings?  I personally think they could possibly become more of a blessing.

I think we see “the things of this world” as obvious blessings because this world is what we know, see, touch and experience. God clearly has other thoughts on this matter when you realize His disciples proclaim profound blessings throughout their lives of torture, persecution, and martyrdom.

Only God knows what a blessing is.  Sometimes, hindsight allows us to see them after the fact.

“God, but I wanted to marry Him.  Why can’t you bless me with his hand in marriage.”

God:  “Because he’s a serial killing, ax murderer.  You’re welcome.  Bless you, my child.”

Two last thoughts:

  1. God promises that He would bring good out of everything we experience (Romans 8:28). Thus, having millions of dollars can be a blessing that God uses to further bless others.  Or, it could be a terrible curse that God never intended for us in which He eventually brings good from.

  2. God used Peter to tell us that we actually already have everything we need just by knowing Jesus (2 Peter 1:3).

Guys and girls, I have to apologize.  I originally said I wouldn’t provide any answers, but I can’t help myself.

Those that know Jesus ARE blessed already.

We sinned,  He saved us.  We still sin, He still loves us.  He works good out of all things (Romans 8:28), and we have an eternal existence waiting for us because of His great sacrifice.

What in the hell else do we want?

We have very warped views of our lives on earth.  Something that we call a blessing might actually be the worst thing to ever happen to us.  Maybe those trials that we cry out to God for rescuing are in reality, major blessings.

The most spiritual growth I’ve ever experienced was through deep clinical depression.

Let’s not forget that the greatest blessing (our salvation) was a result of the worst curse in the history of mankind, when God died on a cross. (Galatians 3:13)