For believers, is ‘the blessed life’ synonymous with the successful life?
The phrase ‘God bless you’ must be the most common phrase of any believer- am I right?! Or, #blessed on social media. A quick look at Facebook and Twitter shows how many people today feel hashtag blessed!
Is ‘the blessed life’ the Christian version of the good life? A loving marriage, obedient children, a vibrant ministry, a healthy body, a successful career, trusted friends, financial abundance, the sun shining on your parade & more!
If these are the characteristics of a hashtag ‘blessed’ life, then having all of them should translate into a ridiculously blessed life. But does it? If someone had all those things, would they be extraordinarily blessed? Not necessarily, and here is why! They wouldn’t need to trust God; they could trust in themselves. They wouldn’t need God to fill them; they would already be satisfied.
A blessed life isn’t a perfect life. A blessed life is more about Who we know than what we have!
God can bring the greatest blessings through the toughest times. We know this to be true. I certainly know this to be true! I can honestly say that it was the darkest moments in my life where He shone the brightest.
James 1:12 “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial ….” Or another translation says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.”
In Mathew 5, Jesus teaches His disciples on the mountain the beatitudes, declaring you will be blessed if you do this and blessed if you do that. Within these beatitudes Jesus actually gives us clear ways or conditions to be happy, plus countless other ways from learning from His life.
Matt 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” NKJV
WHAT IS JESUS SAYING? So I looked at other Bible translations.
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” The Message
“Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven! “Amplified
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” NLT
Wow! According to the Key-Word Study Bible, “The Greek word translated blessed in these passages is makarioi which means to be fully satisfied. It refers to those receiving God’s favor, regardless of the circumstances”
Apostle Paul put it like this ‘I have learned to be content no matter what the circumstances…’ (Phil 4:11)
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 let go of the temporal and hold on more tightly to the eternal.
Basically saying happy are we when we realize we need Him! We are inadequate without God in our lives, and everything that brings us any joy flow from a life found in Him.
A TRULY BLESSED LIFE- IS A LIFE FOUND IN HIM!
I was lost, but now I’m found, I was blind, but now I see….
Heidi #blessed #foundinHim 😉
Heidi Wysman is the author of One: Complete Intimacy With God