What does it mean to be hashtag blessed? When can you say that you are truly blessed? In what circumstance can you tell that God is pouring out abundant blessings in your life?
It is very important to note that this world looks at blessings in a very different way compared to how the Bible describes it. Many people would only attribute blessings to prosperity and success. But there’s a very important thing that you need to know…
You are still blessed even if you are in pain and suffer loss.
Marshall Segal, a writer of Desiring God, shared what she experienced about the blessings of God. She went through difficult thing in her life, her marriage was over, her children rebelled and her health spiraled downward. Her family fell apart. Because of that, her dreams shattered.
“And yet, in the midst of those painful events, I experienced God’s richest blessings. A stronger faith than I had experienced before. A deeper love than I had ever known, A more intimate walk than I could explain. My trials grounded my faith in ways that prosperity and abundance never could,” Marshall shared.
From what Marshall experienced, the blessings of God comes in many forms. Even if you don’t have the things that you want, God offers you the things that you genuinely need.
Marshall also stated the definition of blessings, “What is blessing, then? Scripture shows that blessing is anything God gives that makes us fully satisfied in him. Anything that draws us closer to Jesus. Anything that helps us relinquish the temporal and hold on more tightly to the eternal. And often it is the struggles and trials, the aching disappointments and the unfulfilled longings that best enable us to do that.”
The true blessing.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit… Blessed are those who mourn… Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake… Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:3–4, 10–11)
The love that you long to experience, the perseverance that you need to achieve your dreams, the courage that you must have to deal with difficult circumstances and the grace that you asked from God… All of those things are what we called great blessings.
Therefore, do not limit God’s blessings to what you can show on Instagram or Facebook. The spiritual blessings are everlasting!
Credits: Desiring God
This article was compiled by Kriza Jo L. Tanduyan.