This morning, I’d like to share an entry from a devotional that I am doing on the Bible App. It hit me just right for where I am and thought it might do the same for others. It’s by Pastor Jud Wilhite, who pastors a church in Vegas that reaches for EVERYONE.
So, I hope that this blesses you as it did me. I’ll come back and expound on my thoughts next time. Or maybe even tomorrow. Who knows.
PROMISE 4: I will bless you.
Think about the last time you checked the ATM. Did you marvel at how much you have or did you struggle to cover all of your obligations? Or how about your job? Do you come home each day amazed at how energized and appreciated you are? Or does it feel like you barely have the strength to return tomorrow? These are “not-enough” moments. Not enough money. Not enough time. Not enough energy, patience, connection, happiness, joy, or peace. No matter what you have, you need more of it. And no matter how much more of it you get, it’s still never enough.
It’s nearly impossible to share what you have when you’re constantly worried that you don’t have enough. You filter everything through the sense of scarcity, and this mentality destroys generosity, contentment, and gratitude. Thankfully, there’s another way of seeing life: with an abundance mindset. It declares that there will always be more than enough. It’s the idea that generosity is hardwired into reality. God is the source of everything good in this world. He loves to see his people well-cared for. There is no scarcity with him because God has no needs yet supplies all.
Whenever you see God show up in the Bible, it’s so often to bless people—to provide them with what they need, often to the point of overflowing, so that they can, in turn, be a blessing to others. God has given us this promise, I will bless you because, without it, we will never have enough, do enough, or be enough. God’s blessings are the only cure for not-enough-itis.
The Bible holds powerful proof that God wants to bless us! Jesus’ longest sermon in the Gospels begins with the Beatitudes, which is a whole invitation to blessedness. And in the opening pages of Genesis, the very first thing God does after creating man and woman is bless them. The entire Bible is filled with God blessing his people. And in the New Testament, Paul says that the most important promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3 is passed on to you, too, and that it’s not supposed to end with you. God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others.
Live free in the promise: I will bless you.