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Immerse: Beginnings, Week 11

Longing for Blessing

Have you ever wanted something so badly you’d be willing to do almost anything for it? Hold on…. Not anything illegal or illicit, but maybe to fulfill a dream or a long time desire you’ve had to own something or do something – like visit a particular location or own a particular car or have a particular type of home.

For me, it was a MINI Cooper. I first fell in love with that tiny little car when I saw The Italian Job (2003 version).  I loved how swiftly it moved in and out of traffic, how well it handled and how fast it could go.  I wanted a MINI Cooper.  Long story short, our family was faced with the need to purchase a vehicle. I discovered one in my price range and – with my wife’s blessing – purchased it used from another private owner.  Man, did I have fun driving that car. It was everything I thought it would be. It was a six-speed manual, amazing to drive through the curve-filled roads of the hills of North Carolina.  I remember when I drove it home for the first time after finalizing the purchase. I was so excited and so happy to be able to drive the car I had always wanted to drive.
If I were to ask the seller what their feelings were about the transaction, I’m sure they would have been pleased with the quickness of the business arrangement, content with the price they received and relieved to have the car off of their hands. I’m also sure they were not nearly as excited as I was about receiving the car, though. To them, it was just a business transaction, but to me, it was a dream come true.

In our lives, I think we treat the blessings we receive from the Lord the same way – or at least we see them that way.  We – in desperate need of rescue or deliverance or assistance – are overjoyed when the Lord’s blessing falls upon us.  We are elated, ecstatic, overwhelmed, overjoyed and downright happier than a kid in a candy store or a seagull with a French fry!!

But what about God?  How does He feel when he blesses us?  For many of us, I think we have this mental image of God simply handing out blessings like Santa Claus, or maybe more like the Amazon guy making deliveries all day long – even on Sundays.  Is there ever a time when God is not sending out His blessings?  How does that make Him feel?

Numbers gives us a hint. From our Immerse reading this week, page 214 gives a pretty clear picture of what blessings from God mean to Him.

“May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. 
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.”

Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in My name I Myself will bless them.

What are blessings?  Look at how they are described – as smiles from God and Him showing us favor.

His blessings on us come from His joy and love for us.  When He blesses us, it is rooted in the smile it brings to His face and the favor He chooses to grant us. His joy comes from blessing us.  Did you read that right?  Yes, but just to be sure here it is again – His joy comes from blessing us.

So, next time you get overjoyed about the blessings God gives you, remember where they come from – the joy of the Lord. He longs to bless us even more than we long for His blessings.

- Pete Ramsey