In National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Aunt Bethany can’t figure out how to give the blessing for Christmas dinner. Uncle Lewis tries to help her out, but she still can’t figure out the blessing. I also struggled to figure out God’s blessing when I was reading the New Testament.
The lingering question I faced was, “How can one line of people be blessed and another be cursed?” It just does not seem fair…
Genesis 9:18-26 – Shem and Japheth covered their father’s nakedness, so they were covered in a blessing, but Canaan, Ham’s son, was cursed because Ham looked upon his father’s nakedness and sought to humiliate Noah by telling his brothers.
Abraham was part of the lineage of Shem, so he also blessed by God in Genesis chapter 12.
The important thing to know now is that, since we are in Christ, we are all heirs of Abraham and are promised the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus levels the playing field. He restores a blessing to all of God’s people.
Isaiah 60 & 61 – Good news! A foretaste of what is to come with Jesus. We are trading ashes for a crown of beauty and morning for the oil of gladness.
We are all blessed today!
Blessed by a God who meets our needs (Phil 4:19-20; Matthew 6:30-33).
Blessed to do His work and abounding in righteousness (Phil 2:13; 2 Cor 9:8-11).
Blessed by God’s peaceful presence (Psalm 23; Phil 4:7).
Blessed when we trust in Him (Psalm 84:11-13) What kind of blessing?
Blessed in the heavenly realms with a spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3).
Blessed are those whose help and hope is in God (Psalm 146).
Joel Osteen preaches about a blessing physical blessing of abundance (Malachi 3:10), but that does not happen for everyone who obeys God. This type of gospel seems to present empty promises of promotion, of healing, of favor, of wealth, etc.
If this is the type of blessing you are expecting from God, you are looking for the wrong thing.
Jesus tells us something else about who is blessed when we read Matthew 5:3-10.
We are not only blessed today if we are prospering financially, getting promoted in our jobs, or even if we are in good health.
We are all blessed today because, even though we face trials of many kinds, Christ gives us perseverance and joy (James 1).
We are all blessed today because God is feeding our spiritual hunger.
We are all blessed today because God comforts us when we mourn.
We are all blessed today because we serve a God who pours out His love and mercy on us.
We are all blessed today because the kingdom of heaven is here on earth!
What more of a blessing could we need?
Here is the new song The Blessing from Elevation Worship with some biblical support.
The Lord bless you and keep you
Make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you
The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26)
May His favor be upon you and a thousand generations (Deuteronomy 7:9)
Your family and your children, and their children, and their children (Psalm 103:17-18)
May His presence go before you and behind you, and beside you (Duet 31:8; Psalm 23)
All around you, and within you, He is with you, He is with you
In the morning, in the evening, in your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing, He is for you, He is for you