In the following passage of Scripture, Moses is speaking to Israel, reminding them of all that God has done for them and commanding them to obey all of His laws:
For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your walking through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing (Deut. 2, emphasis mine).
Sometimes it’s good to stop and reflect on all that God has done for us so that we never forget how much He loves us, and to remind ourselves of how blessed we truly are.
Reflecting on How Blessed I Am
Just the other day my mom said to me, “Come on, let’s go to the mall so you can pick something out for your birthday.” She said, “I know you said you don’t need any clothes, but let’s go see if we can find something for you.”
I literally sat there for a while, racking my brain, trying to think if there was something I needed. I couldn’t think of anything. I was trying very hard because I knew she wanted to give me something for my birthday, and I didn’t want to take that away from her, even though I wanted very badly to tell her I really didn’t need anything so thank you very much, but no thank you.
First of all, it was a blessing that she had even offered to do this. But it’s always uncomfortable for me to receive from people, because I’m usually the one on the giving end.
As I sat there thinking, I came to the conclusion that there really wasn’t anything I needed. It was in that moment that I couldn’t help but reflect once again on the goodness of the Lord, and to think about how blessed I truly am. My God has met ALL of my needs, according to HIS riches in glory.
Moses Helps Israel Reflect
Likewise, Moses wanted Israel to know and always remember how greatly God had blessed them. When He brought them out of Egypt, they came out with more wealth than they had when they first went into Egypt some 430 years prior. And the Bible also says that none of them were feeble when they left Egypt. This all speaks to how blessed Israel was.
This is God’s nature. He wants to bless His children. But often, we get in the way of God’s blessings.
Can We Handle God’s Blessings?
Some of us aren’t able to receive the full measure of His blessings because if God were to bless us the way He wants to, it would no doubt destroy us. Why? Because we are not ready to receive; we are not even faithful with the little we have; or because we don’t exercise enough wisdom and restraint in our daily lives, thereby blocking the blessing.
We see how Israel’s rebellion and disobedience blocked their blessing for 40 years. God tested them in the wilderness to see if they would obey Him and remain faithful to Him. They couldn’t…didn’t…wouldn’t. Whatever the case may be, Israel proved to God that they couldn’t be trusted with His blessings.
Don’t Be Like Israel
Don’t become like disobedient Israel. Remain faithful to God. Obey His word. Remember how He’s blessed you, and be a wise steward over what He’s already given you.
Well, my mom and I did eventually go to the mall, and I was able to find a cute pair of sandals to wear to church the next day. I had packed a pair of heels to wear, so these sandals came in handy as they were having “casual Sunday” this particular weekend at church, with a fish fry following the morning service. So, had I worn those heels, as I originally planned, I would have been very uncomfortable on my feet all day.
Stop right now and take a few moments to think about how good God has been to you and your family. He is deserving of all the praise and glory for what He’s already done in your life. God blesses us out of His abundance, and love.
Lord, we thank you for all you’ve done in our lives. You are worthy of all praise and honor. Thank you for opening doors for us; for making ways out of no way; for being there for us when nobody else was. And we thank you for loving us back to life. May we never forget how good you’ve been to us. You remained faithful, even when we weren’t. Help us to be faithful over what you’ve given us, and to show you that you can trust us with your blessings. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen
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