The I AM says I am blessed!
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law, day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
I distinctly remember the first time I realized that I was blessed. I was about six years old standing in my aunt’s kitchen when I saw a “feed the world” type of commercial. It showed malnourished children from third world countries. The children were filmed unclothed and standing in the worst possible circumstances. My heart broke and I cried tears of sadness for them. I realized at that moment God had blessed me with a different set of circumstances than those children, and I wanted to help. In response to the commercial’s call to action, a plea for us to send in money for the cause, I told my mom that I wanted to help them. It was a great feeling to know that I was contributing to their misfortune, even if it was only a few dollars.
You’re probably just like me; when you think of being blessed, you think of the blessings of strong relationships with family and friends, vibrant health, and financial security. These are all indeed gifts from God of which we are to be thankful. But the New Testament references some form of the blessed more than 120 times, none of which have anything to do with these blessings of the flesh. God’s Word defines blessed as “made holy” and to be made holy is to be set apart by God for a special use or purpose. Oh, how I desire for God to use me for His purpose!
A look at Jesus’ teaching on The Beatitudes illustrates that it is not our perfect life conditions or monetary prosperity that labels us as blessed. Jesus is stating, in a most poetic way, that when we depend on Him in all life’s circumstances and seek Him first, we will be blessed, made holy to be used by Him for a purpose.
--Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
--Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
--Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
--Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
--Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
--Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
--Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
--Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
In Genesis 12:2 God tells Abraham that He is going to bless him so that he can be a blessing. Sisters, we are like Abraham. We are blessed, made holy in Christ, so that we can bless others! We want to be like that person in our spotlight scripture who is planted by the water yielding fruit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Our spiritual fruits are the tools that we use to bless others!
No matter our current state of affairs, if we are delighting in our Heavenly Father, meditating on Him day and night, and trusting Him to care for our every need, we are indeed blessed. Our blessings should urge us to answer His call to action and be a blessing to mankind. So today count your many blessings, count them one by one, take a knee and with overflowing gratitude repeat the words, “I am blessed, because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Exodus 2:1-10; Ruth 2:1-18; Luke 10:30-35; 2 Corinthians 9:8
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen