The Obliquity Of Blessings
The Sunday preaching we had today was about how God blesses us. As early as the biblical times. God always showed us that His blessings are not always in the form of answered prayers and straightforward abundance, in such a way that our prayers are answered the way we expected them to be. From the old testament, we had Joseph, the son of Jacob. Joseph once dreamth that he would be a ruler of some sort. God blessed him with that, but not without a series of unfortunate incidents that happened to him. He was sold by his brothers for 20 pieces of silver, and became a slave at the age of 17. HE was also thrown in prison later on for being framed by a woman because he would not have sex with her or fear of sinning against God. Later on, he became popular because he could interpret dreams and eventually ended up as a right hand man of the Pharaoh.
The scripture in Genesis 5:20 tells us says “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.” Likewise, in the case Of Jesus, He had to undergo everything that He underwent so that we may be saved.
So in light of these, we should not interpret our trials as God abandoning us. Oftentimes, the blessings that we seek are often hidden within the struggles that we undergo, and so we shouldn’t give up easily. The steps that we undertake may be necessary for us to recognize the true blessings that are offered to us by the Lord. We should instead seek for His wisdom and guidance in everything that we experience and do, so that we may find our treasures hidden within these struggles.
If His spirit resides in our hearts, we will realize that we will find inner peace with each struggle that we experience. It is through these struggles that we are guided by the Lord, and so, we should be thankful for them. We shouldn’t look at our struggles as curses or limitations in our life, but rather as challenges for us to be better persons in the eyes of God, as well as opportunities for us to seek the hidden blessings that may be hidden within.