There’s a trending article at the moment called ‘Please stop saying you’re #blessed’. Reading between the lines, the author does not believe there is a God that gives us blessings and she states that instead, life is a game of luck. She says it’s obnoxious to use #blessed or #soblessed on social media, as it suggests that those who do not see themselves as blessed, are cursed. So lets explore the question ‘what does it mean to be blessed?’ in light of her article.
“What really bothers me about ‘blessed’ is the women who use the word aren’t super religious.”
The writer further concludes that because blessed is a spiritual term (and not just luck), then it is only ‘church-goers’ who have a license to use the term. We know that God does bless those who love and trust him:
“The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him” – Lamentations 3:25
But what does God think about blessing those who don’t pursue a relationship with him? Does he bless them?
Yes. Of course he does! Why? We have a God of compassion and great love:
‘Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.’ – Lamentations 3:22. In fact this passage is talking about a person who is struggling, who would really not be considered to be “#blessed”, in fact in verse 20 the author says his ‘soul is downcast within [him]’.
When we don’t have perfectly painted fingernails and flat tummies holding a cocktail on a beach front? When we feel like our world is falling apart? We look to God. We remind ourselves of the truth noted in verse 22, that God’s compassions never fail. This is what the writer does. He says in verse 21 ‘yet this I bring to my mind and therefore I have hope’.
We are further reassured that God is good and does not forever ‘curse’ those who do not pursue him because verse 25 says: ‘For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.’
How can we see God’s love? Apart from the little blessings he gives us all, sunshine, flowers, friends and family; we primarily see it in his gift of Jesus who offers a bridge to a relationship with God. That bridge is required because of the gap created by our falling short of God’s standards. Jesus paid the price we ought to have by dying once and for all, for all our sins and if we accept he is Lord then we have eternity with God in heaven and his spirit is always with us. As the writer says in her article,
“‘Blessed’ implies there’s a reason why your life has been good. And it’s not talent. It’s not looks. It’s not something you’ve done. Just some divine seal of approval.”
She’s right, no looks, works or talent make us blessed. There is a divine seal of approval. That seal is Jesus. He is the son of our great God who pursues us even when we ignore him.
God blesses us all by both little things like sunshine and sometimes the ‘perfect island holiday’ which makes for a stereotypical #blessed instagram post. However he does this to point us to Jesus, the one who allows us to have a relationship with Him. He knows you, he created you, he loves you dearly, so yes, you are blessed even if you don’t trust in him. But let me assure you, if you seek out why you’re blessed, God will reveal so many more good things to you and #blessed may become your favourite hashtag.
Would love to hear your thoughts on being blessed in the comments below. If you agree, please share on Facebook or pin it on Pinterest. The article I referred to above had 1.4K shares. Let’s show the Internet there is another perspective!
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