|| Bible Question: What
is a blessing? Is it always a good thing? Can a blessing be anything
that makes your faith stronger, good or bad?
Bible Answer: To
receive a "blessing"
from God is a wonderful thing. It is always positive. That is the
meaning of "blessing."
Time Used. The first
time the word "blessing" is used in the Bible is Genesis
12:2 when God made a promise to Abraham.
I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make
your name great; and so you shall be a blessing . . . (NASB)
God promised to bless Abraham. The blessing is not wealth, but a land
for his children and their children - his many descendants. The blessing
also included God's protection. This was a wonderful blessing. It
is a blessing that continues to this day for the Jewish people. That
was the first recorded blessing in the Bible. God blessed Abraham
so that he would be a blessing to others.
About Wealth? God's blessing can also include wealth.
It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds
no sorrow to it. (NASB) Proverbs 10:22
Have you ever noticed that sorrow often accompanies wealth? This is
not true when wealth comes from the Lord. But He does not do this
for everyone. Contrary to some current teachings, God is not in the
business of making Christians wealthy. There
have been many saints who were financially poor and spiritually rich.
Sometimes they died some horrible deaths for God.
And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of
Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the
prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts
of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of
lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword,
from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign
armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection;
and others were tortured, not accepting their release, in order
that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced
mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted,
they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins,
in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of
whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains
and caves and holes in the ground. (NASB) Hebrews 11:32-38
message of some teachers dishonors the spiritually rich saints who
died as materially poor, abused Christians in the coliseums of Rome.
Even the apostle Paul says that he was content with what he had. He
was not wealthy and sometimes lacked worldly goods (Philippians 4:11).
needs are nor always met. Sometimes we suffer for Jesus and on other
occassions our needs are not met because we are pursuing the wrong
things. This was the point Jesus made in the Sermon on the Mount.
all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly
Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first
His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall
be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for
tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of
its own. (NASB) Matthew 6:32-34
Our wants often exceed our needs. Notice in this passage that our
lack of "these things" is not a lack of faith but a lack
of "seeking Him and righteousness."
Sometimes we are pursuing our needs and not Jesus. We lack in that
we are not seeking Him and holiness. We must be careful to not pursue
holiness in order to get our needs met. If we do, we are really pursuing
Blessings Too! A blessing can also be spiritual. This is usually
the meaning in the Bible.
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed
us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ
. . . (NASB) Ephesians 1:3
God's primary desire for us is spiritual and not financial. He
desires that we believe in Jesus, be like Jesus, love Jesus, seek
to know Jesus, and follow Jesus.
day in heaven we will be blessing God!
all the angels were standing around the throne and around the
elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their
faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, Amen,
blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.
(NASB) Rev. 7:12