Let's Rescue the Word
Theme of the Week: Fueled by God's Blessings
Monday, February 3, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: "I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as the LORD." (Hosea 2:20)
Dig Deeper: Hosea 2:14-23
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.
—Gerrit Dawson in The Blessing Life
My Response: How do I define the blessing and favor of God?
Adapted from The Blessing Life by Gerrit Dawson (IVP, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me not to be distracted by false definitions of blessing, but instead, to live fully in the reality that true blessing is found in a deepening relationship with you.
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