Oswald Chambers once asked if our trust would remain unaffected peradventure God withdraws his blessings from us.
First, let’s present the collective definitions for the word, “blessings.”
For the material-minded, blessings pertain to acquired possessions. It could be a new house, new car, job promotion, and fat paycheck. Next are those that could not be quantified. That could mean good health, a happy family, and fewer troubles in life. Lastly, blessings have become synonymous with good wishes. Hence, the expression “God bless you” means you’re rooting for another person’s success and personal prosperity.
In short, we’ve become used to equating blessings to mean anything that could make our lives comfortable.
Are we right? Singer-songwriter Laura Story thinks otherwise. Hear every word of her thoughtful piece called “Blessings.” Featured singer though isn’t her, but another beautiful, young woman with a beautiful singing voice – Hope Montana.
Hope Montana in “Blessings”
More than being inspirational, this tune will make you re-think your perception of God’s blessings. It introduces us to the idea that the inconveniences we want to be rid are the things we might need. That is we know where to look.
Dead-End or Enlargement?
If we see disappointments as obstacles, then expect to wallow in despair. Conversely, you might want to see them as hammers and chisels. They shape you to become a better-rounded person.
Pressures, likewise, stretch your self-imposed limits. You might be surprised to discover that there’s more to your potentials than you give yourself credit for. You might just haven’t cultivated them yet.
Trust in God is the Antidote
Back to Oswald Chambers, he wrote a beautiful description of God working our trials for our good. That’s not to say God is behind them all though. Like it or not, they happen to everyone. But, for those that God allows to test us, it’s like him saying that we could withstand and conquer them.
“A saint's life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says, ‘I cannot stand anymore.' God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God's hands. Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. 'Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”