BLESSINGS OF GOD
A blessing, according to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, is “the act or words of one that blesses,” or “a thing conducive to happiness or welfare.”
“… On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them” Numbers 6:23-27
From the time of creation, God has purposed to bless mankind
… “And God blessed them” [Genesis 1:28], and that was why Aaron was commanded to bless the children of Israel after the above order. Many times we see that God commanded blessings upon Abraham and most of the other patriarchs like Noah, Isaac and Jacob. When God called Abram to go to the Promised Land [Genesis 12:1-3], He promised to bless him, make his name great, and through him, to bless all the families of the earth. The blessings here are plainly associated with happiness and welfare, both for Abram and others.
Blessing is the shining of the face of God upon us that releases favor of God and gives life, light, heat, beauty, power, comfort, enlighten, renew and joy. The release of peace upon the people of God “shalom” is the sum of all the good which God sets, prepares, or establishes for His people and it goes beyond harmony and concord but includes prosperity, welfare, good health and rest.
God is gracious or releases copious grace to the undeserving, in which no merit dwells such that the lines are fallen unto us in pleasant places and we have a good heritage. How blessed are we when God put His name upon us that establishes sonship and furthermore grace to partake of the inheritance of the saints that God abundantly discharges unto us. God gives the blessed protection from evil [keep thee] and pardon from sin.
Temporal or earthly blessings includes food for the immortal soul, health, strength, such a great measure of worldly goods that enables us to owe no man anything but love, children growing up to be a comfort to their parents, a kind and affectionate spouse, warm and faithful friends, an untarnished name; these are blessings from God who is to be praised and worshiped.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” Ephesians 1:3
However there are eternal or spiritual blessings that must be looked upon also. Spiritual blessings are heavenly things; they come from heaven, they lead to heaven, they are of a heavenly nature, and are such as are enjoyed in heaven itself. It is a wonderful thing that, even here on earth, the saints enjoy and experience heavenly blessings; for a new nature is a heavenly thing, and love, and joy in God, and rest, and safety, and acceptance in the Beloved are all heavenly things. Included here are the release of glory, grace, spiritual gifts, spiritual fruits and godliness.
“O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth… Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall” Isa. 25:1, 3, 4
The rendition of “thou art my God” shows the intimacy between the blessed and God who blesses us. The blessed acknowledged God’s supremacy and divine ability to bless, and therefore their happiness as the blessed by the Lord shall be complete. The blessed must humbly claim from God the “all-sufficiency” [El-Shaddai] that supplies all of their needs. Great blessings flow to the blessed from God’s wisdom, direction and conduct; from His power, assistance and protection; from His love, refreshment and consolation; from his mercy, forgiveness and blessing; from His faithfulness, stability and support; and from His patience, forbearance and long suffering. Strong words of God’s faithfulness, truth and the fact that He does wonderful things is the bedrock of this inspired words that speaks of God’s blessings upon His children.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgives all our iniquities; who heal all our diseases; Who redeems thy life from destruction; who crowns thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfies thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executes righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed” Psalms 103:1-6
The Lord saves, forgives, heals, redeems, releases loving kindness and tender mercies, gives us daily bread and renews our youth like an eagle. His blessings are numerous, apart from the things mentioned above, below is a further short list. [Isaiah 25:1-9]
1. God is a fortress [protector, stronghold, preserver] to those who belong to Him Isaiah 25:4
2. God is shelter from the storm Isaiah 25:4
3. God is a shadow from the heat Isaiah 25:4
4. God prepares a banquet – table of fat things Isaiah 25:6
5. God gives victory over death Isaiah 25:8
6. God wipes away every tears Isaiah 25:8
7. God takes away the humiliations, shame and reproach of His people Isaiah 25:8
8. God is the mighty Savior Isaiah25:9
9. God gives joy Isaiah 25:9
10. God destroys the veil that covers our access to deeper things in God Isaiah 25:7
11. God strengthens those that wait upon Him Isaiah 25:9
The essence of setting up the Garden of Eden in the very beginning is to prepare a place of abode where all that man will ever need has been placed even before man was created. All manner of fruit yielding trees were there; a great river divided into four heads where all manner of sea animals for food were; and all manner of four footed animals and birds are on the land there for man to rule over and also take pleasure in as food so that there will be no lack for man who was created in the image and likeness of God.
Such men are not given to sickness and diseases; and since they are made in the image of God, they possess glory and honor [Psalms 8]. They are possessor of the earth realm because of the dominion mandate that God gave them over that realm.