Blessed to be a blessing.

Saturday Reflection

30 May 2020

In Ez 34:26 God says

26 I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season;
there will be showers of blessing.'

In this passage God is certainly speaking of natural rain that he will send to water the land and cause it to increase,
be fruitful and produce an abundant harvest.
But more than that, he is talking about bringing blessings to the lives of his people, Israel.
The rain symbolises the good things that he wants to give to those who serve him.

Our capitalist society is geared towards one purpose - people accumulating wealth.
While there's nothing wrong with material abundance, the Jews looked on material wealth as a gift from God;
many Christians today have lost sight of why God has blessed them with prosperity.
They believe that is for their own good and benefit, but God's perspective is quite different.
For example, here is what the writer of Hebrews (13:16) tells us.

But do not forget to do good and share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

The phrase 'to share' means to share with those who are not as fortunate as ourselves, not just those we love.

One translation says 'share what you have.'
Another version translates as 'Be generous'.
Another says, 'Contribute to the needy.'

God blesses us to make us a blessing! That's enough to be the main motivation for desiring and praying for God's blessing in our lives.
God told Abraham,

'I am going to bless you, and you will be a blessing to others.'

God says that the fringe benefit is that,

'I will give you richly all things to enjoy.' (Gen 12)

But the main purpose in God blessing us is so that we can help other people.
God wants to shower blessings on our lives. Not just a blessing or two but showers of blessings, an abundance of blessings.

Are we feeling blessed today or are we reflecting our present weather and feeling in a season of drought?
If so, remember

' he shall come down like rain upon the new mown grass.' Psalm 72:6

We can pray for that rain to help break the drought,
I know many of us as children were taught not to pray for ourselves as that is selfish; but it's not wrong.
It is the motive behind the prayers that is important; we pray for a renewed blessing so that we can, in turn, be a blessing to others.

May God shower us with his blessings that we may share them with all whom we come into contact.