Blessed to be a Blessing
Numbers 6:22-27; Various
Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.
God has richly blessed us. That is for sure. Oh, you don’t know what a blessing is? Well, the Random House Webster's College Dictionary's definition of blessing includes:
the act or words of a person who blesses.
a special favor, mercy, or benefit
a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.
the invoking of God's favor upon a person.
approval or good wishes.
Blessings are good words, deeds, favor, mercy, and benefits that God gives us that bring us joy springing up from deep within. The Psalmist sings and counts his blessings from God in Psalm 103. Let me just read a few of God’s blessings: He forgives all your sins, He gives healing when you are sick, He redeemed you through Jesus, He lavishes us with love and compassion, He satisfies our desires as well as meets our needs, He restores our strength, He gives justice when we are oppressed, He reveals Himself in His word and through His Spirit, He showers us with grace and mercy, He calls us to be his children, and so much more.
We gladly welcome these kinds of blessings and favor in our lives. God freely gives us all things and as his children we have his divine favor. So why are we blessed so much by God?
We are blessed to bless others. Just like God blesses us, from our words and actions should flow blessings that encourage, build up, and value others.
In a world that seems to be tearing itself apart we need to be the healing agents of God who bless people instead of jumping on the band wagon of anger and frustration. It’s easy to judge others for their actions and the damage that they are causing. It is harder to bless and pray for people.
1 Peter 3:9 says, “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing” (NIV). We are to bless each other. Jesus also told us to “Bless those who mistreat you” (Lk 6:28 NIV).
But make no mistake, we can only respond with such generosity, especially in painful situations, through the power of God. Because he instructs to do it, he knows that we are well able to do just what he says through his power.
But how can you bless someone? A friend of mine started me on a path of blessing others by using the Levitical blessing found in Numbers 6:22-27:
The Lord said to Moses,“Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
He uses this blessing with his family and others. He reworked in this way: “May the Lord bless you and keep you safe; May the Lord smile on you and give you grace; May the Lord watch over you and give peace.”
Often times when I am out and about I just say, “God bless you” or “May God bless your day.” But a blessing is more than just words. And we’ll talk about that tomorrow night.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Heavenly Father, We praise you for the many blessing that you give to us. May we use those blessing to bless others. May we be a blessing to others especially during these times when anger and hate are being vomited from people’s mouths and when chaos and violence are filling our streets. Lord, help us to bless those who are in need of feeling your love and power right now. Lord we lift you up. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!
“Good night and God bless you.”