happening fortunately or by chance…
having a sacred nature or connection with God…
by the design of Omniscient God; rewarded eternally.
Blessed contains depth and requires understanding to acknowledge the blessing. Do you connect with God? Do you acknowledge His goodness in your life as a blessing?
Many associate the Virgin Mary with the word blessed. She was set-apart for God’s mission and sanctified in salvation by the death and resurrection of the very seed she held within her – Jesus, the Christ.
Common overuse of the word blessed is annoying. Lack of tolerance for the semantics couples with poor appreciation for true meaning.
It’s almost as if the word serves as a lucky charm hanging from a rearview car mirror … yet…
Sometimes, the blessed aren’t lucky. Sometimes the “blessed” don’t have great lives. Can you recognize the difference when you ask how someone is doing and the response is
Does that person mean that life is great in all sorts? OR, does that person mean that they recognize goodness despite imperfect circumstances?
Luck is by chance.
Blessed is by design… God’s design.
God sometimes allows the blessings of favor and fortune. Although, in experiencing ill-fortune, God still calls some blessed.
So, what is the difference? It’s perspective. It’s a heart issue. The blessed...are those blessed in heart and perspective.
Circumstances may fail, but the Spirit can still soar!
Some of the most fortunate people in the world are utterly the most miserable. Some of the “luckiest” lottery winners admit to the win as a curse.
Luck is about circumstances working in your favor. Blessings are about perspective and heart posture – recognizing God’s love and favor – which in turn, blesses the one with the Godly perspective and heart.
Circumstances might suggest great fortune for the lottery winner, but an overwhelming view into the hearts and expectations of others can quickly change perspective of the winner(s). They see greed. They lose relationships. Their grasp on reality slips, twists, and turns. The “winner” can become disheartened. At that point, the winner no longer feels blessed. Do you see the difference?
I wanted my circumstances to look different (health, finances, stress) several times in life. Friends would not want to trade places. Yet, I could feel God’s comfort. I could count my blessings and feel a great appreciation for the ways in which God was working wondrously inside of me. In hindsight, God used the challenges to soften my heart and change my perspective. I’ve grown in compassion, and I understand the importance of empathy. God challenged my character to become more patient and gracious. God showed His faithfulness in my circumstances – in His time.
God always has a plan.
Sorrow can bring great contentment and appreciation for things that might otherwise get overlooked.
The eternal often gets overlooked.
God may allow circumstances in life to prepare a great heavenly reward, to set-apart and to sanctify. A heavenly plan to create something beautiful for the eternal life… is a plan that I can settle on. In the most dire circumstances, we still have the eternal to settle on.
I ponder on the suffering and persecuted, and my heart breaks. I wish there was more that I could do to rescue them. I pray. I support the cause of other missions and ministries to help in practical ways. I like to raise awareness for persecution, poverty, and the broken-hearted. I’ll write about it.
I just can’t stop it all from happening.
I wish I could. It’s very hard to understand sometimes. The one thing I can find comfort in… is God alone and His promises for the life to come.
In the hard, the challenging, the sorrowful moments – we can still be… blessed.
(Matthew 5:3-12, King James Bible online)
We can be blessed at any time, in any season of life, because at any time, or any season of life…
we can trust in Jesus.
God’s seed: James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift comes from above.”
Count your blessings today!
Planting God’s Seeds of Hope
*Brook Joy writes articles on Faith, Life, Culture, and her personal journey with Health (IBD). Brook is a chocolate-loving wife & homeschooling mama (and a Christian for 20+ years)… planting and growing God’s seeds of hope at missionzera.c