Reflection March 14

As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:11-13

 

We are richly blessed.  

God certainly grants us blessing that enable us to flourish. However, the knowable God, not the blessings, brings us love, joy, and peace. The season of Lent may lead us to additional understandings of the concept of blessings. 

Lent is, in part, a season of denying self and taking further steps toward total reliance of God.

The Kingdom of God is an upside down kingdom viewed next to the kingdom that is this world: the first are last, the weak are strong, the meek are exalted, the great are servants! Similarly, we perhaps should expect “richly blesses” to be very different than the expectations of this world. It may well be that “richly blesses” is God regularly moving us toward need, and us being more and more totally dependent on Him, unable to rely on anything else. That kind of blessing will be hard for us, and will hurt when we attempt to hang onto anything. We can be certain that when we call on His name, He will grant us what is good for us.

 God does bless with what is good for us: dependence on Him. Ultimate blessing is perfect communion with God, depending on nothing else.

Mark Hubbard

 

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