We all entered this world as sinners, recipients of the curse. But when the fullness of His grace came in the form of Jesus Christ – God incarnate – we are now recipients of all the blessings that are ours in Christ.
Sometimes the fullness of grace pours out tangible blessings that bring great joy and satisfaction. God is the Giver of every good and perfect gift. (James 1:17) It’s easy to give thanks for those blessings. So what about when we don’t see the tangible blessings? Has God removed His hand of blessing upon us? James 1:17 goes on to say there’s no variation or shadow of turning. He is our unchanging God. The fullness of grace continues to flow over the Child of God.
Trials come…we lose a loved one, our job, our health, a failed marriage, and suddenly we think we’re being cursed rather than blessed. That’s when we need to dip – no IMMERSE ourselves – into the reservoir of His Word we have stored in the recesses of our memory.
“”This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, says my soul, therefore I have hope in Him. The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. “
We decided we each would daily write out a blessing and put it into our blessing jar. The day after he lost his job he wrote, “The sun came up this morning. God is sovereign.” Our unchanging God is still filling us to overflowing with blessings….no shadow of turning. Just because it wasn’t something we could hold in our hands, it was still something we could count as a blessing. His blessings flow from the fullness of His grace in ways that bless us every moment of every day. We need only to look around us.
Lord, Dare I reject a blessing from you just because it isn’t in the shape, size, or color I want, or fit into my perfect little world box? I would be a most miserable soul indeed if I did not receive all You have for me with thanks, for this is Your will concerning me. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) I humbly thank You for the blessings You are pouring upon me from the fullness of Your grace.
Your humbly grateful daughter,