I have a dear friend that inspired me to write this weeks post. She is having an epiphany really. Something that has always seemed so clear to me has eluded her for many years. She has never considered herself worthy of the good and wonderful things God has offered his children. Well, not until someone else told her so. Now, it is something she is contemplating seriously.
Honestly when she told me this, I felt a deep sorrow for her. Not pity…please don’t misunderstand. She is a natural encourager and no one considers that an encourager needs encouragement. At least I didn’t think of that. Shame on me.
She always thought asking for blessings for one’s self would be considered selfish. But I contend the opposite is the truth. I believe God has laid the blessings out and they are just waiting for His children to come along and gather them up. The best example that comes to mind of this is in the Bible.
1 Chronicles 4:10 NIV
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.
Jabez asked God to bless him and give him more territory. He also asks for God’s protection. But what I find the most intriguing part is he asks for God’s hand to be with him. I think that is a crucial part of the prayer. That is the part that makes Jabez worthy of the blessings and God grants his request.
When you actively seek Him and center your life around Him, you show your faith in Him. What is faith?
Hebrews 11:1 KJV
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith makes you, me and my dear friend worthy of heaven and all of God’s blessings. We need only to let Him in to work His wonders.
Peace, love and God’s will