You may be one of those people who are fortunate enough to have been on the receiving end of blessing. See if you can answer yes to any of the following questions:
Do you have a home to live in? Do you have a vehicle to drive? Do you have food to eat? Do you have clothes to wear? Do you have a job to work? Do you have health to enjoy life?Do you have family and friends to love?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have been blessed! Your Creator has seen fit to fill your life with the good stuff of His creation. You may not have all you want, but in your heart, you know that you have more than you deserve.
Most all of the people I know, have been and are blessed. But I have seen in my own life and in the lives of people I know a very disturbing trend beginning to develop. If we are not careful, we can take what God has blessed us with and allow it to come between us! You can use God’s blessings to build a wall or build a bridge!
For example: God may bless you with a new job and in your effort to make the best of it, you may forget about how it is a blessing from God by allowing time that you should be using to serve and glorify God to be taken up by activities of work. Before you know it, the blessing of your job has come between you and the One who gave it to you, the one who gives you the ability to do it!
Maybe God has blessed you with a house to live in and enjoy. If you are not careful, you can become so focused on turning your house into a home, that you miss time spent with and in service to the One who has blessed you with it all. We don’t really mean to at first, but after we start down the path it actually can become very intentional.
If you are fortunate enough to be blessed with good health, you should enjoy that health and do what it takes to try to continue in that lifestyle, but don’t let the blessing of good health and a fit body come between you and Your Creator. Physical exercise is not a bad thing, but it is not the best time. If you get so focused on the physical that you neglect the spiritual, you are headed for some tough times.
I am not trying to make anyone feel bad. I am simply saying: God has been good to us and we need to be careful to not allow the enemy to use God’s goodness as a wedge between us and our Creator. Remember: God is your Creator and Sustainer, He gives and He can take away!
Listen to how he put it in Exodus 20:3-6 – “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
God loves you, blesses you and wants you to enjoy the blessing. But He does not want the blessing to get in the way of the relationship! I challenge you to get real and right about this today. You will be glad you did!