When Scripture uses the word blessing, it means the assurance of God's acceptance and, even more, the awareness that God delights in us. He made us to relate to him in love. And as we do we see how God is the very life within our life. He gives us breath. He provides for our daily needs. He forgives our sins. When we live aware of God's acceptance, we experience day by day the satisfaction of our deep longing for connection to him. And through each season [of life] God undergirds us with the hope of everlasting life.
God created us to live in the favor of his love. So we have to rescue the word blessing from shallow definitions that involve getting more stuff, experiencing fewer problems, or simply having things turn out our way. The heart of blessing in Scripture involves a vibrant relationship with the triune God who loves us utterly. Running like a golden thread through its pages is his repeated promise, "I will walk among you, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people." This kind of blessing, then, does not depend on how well things are going for us. God's blessing can energize us even when the circumstances of life are draining.
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