Monday, April 15, 2013
What if a portrait were painted showing us how a person who is truly blessed by God looks? How close would you or I come to resembling that portrait in how we live our lives? At a time when so many are telling us how to be blessed I think it important to check in with the One who is the source of all blessings. Who is it that God truly blesses? Let’s look at the portrait as painted in Psalm 1.
According to the Bible the person who is blessed by God is one who chooses the teachings of the Lord. This person rejects the path of earthly wisdom: the path where human reason trumps God’s and where sin and anger are chosen over doing what is right. This person does not respond as the world says he/she should respond. They avoid responding according to what seems right, seeking instead the way of the Lord with the knowledge that God never makes a mistake.
The person who is on the path of blessing delights in the way of the Lord. He/she finds pleasure in God’s Law and meditates on the Lord’s teachings day and night. This person knows that true faith is more than simply feeling good about what is in the Bible and that it goes beyond doing because some organization says we should. He/she chooses to love God’s teaching, embracing it wholeheartedly and drawing pleasure from what is written. In short, this person enjoys being a child of the living God more than they enjoy fitting in here on earth.
What pleases you more, obedience to God or the pleasures of the flesh? The person who is truly blessed by God is the one who delights in the way of the Lord. Yes, God allows the rain to fall on both the believer and the nonbeliever but the fullest blessing is reserved for the person who loves God and who lets that love guide his/her way.