Can those who don’t have all those things be blessed too?
Reference: In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! (Luke 1:42 NIV)
Explore: I find the understanding of the word “blessed” very interesting.
Some people would say to be blessed is to have a large family with lots of children. Others would say it is to have enough wealth to be able to spend above your daily needs.
For some, just living through another day is a blessing. For others a truly blessed day is being on holidays at an ultimate location.
People are blessed to have a job, blessed to have healthy children, blessed to have a roof over their heads. But can those who don’t have all those things be blessed too?
Application: I think a human understanding of being blessed is different to God’s definition. From God’s perspective, Mary was blessed to bring Jesus into the world.
But let’s look at this from Mary’s perspective. She was unmarried, unemployed and pregnant. Not quite the blessing we aspire for, right?
Often when we go through times of trial we would not say we are blessed. And yet, maybe we’re being prepared for a time when we will reveal the Saviour to our world.
The world can be harsh, but the type of blessing we should strive for is one from God. In the Bible we read of many people, not necessarily blessed by human standards, but blessed by God because He called them to a great challenge.
It’s hard to think of challenges as blessings but, who knows, in each challenge we may just be making Jesus known to our world.
Prayer: Lord, may we see our world through Your eyes. Help us to discern what is a blessing from You and what is a blessing from this world. Amen.
What kind of blessing are you being called to?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.