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Channels of blessing


When we read God’s word we find that there are channels of blessing, routes through which God pours out His lovingkindness upon us. We might not recognise it, but the environment is a channel of God’s blessing, though few seem to be concerned. Think about it, air to breath, food to eat water to drink, these are the fundamental requirements for us to exist and God has provided them, they are a means, a channel of blessing to us. We might then look at government and leadership, God’s word declares that He establishes domains and Kingdoms. Even when we don’t like a particular style or approach, or may want to argue over rules and decisions, the fact is that God blesses us with law and order (Good government) to keep us safe from harm (that is the biblical plan at any rate). However for many Christians it may seem as though God’s blessings are only in answers to specific prayers, or spiritual encounters, or when we experience significant increase and attribute it to God’s goodness. What I notice when I read the bible is that there are many channels through which God chooses to bless us. We might then say that the measure of how blessed a person may feel depends upon how much they take time to notice the channels of God’s blessings in all their forms.

Having good neighbours, or a decent employer, having good friends are all ways through which God can bring His blessing to bear upon our lives. The list of what is a blessing is endless, but I do believe that when we speak about God blessing someone it has far more to do with the tangible. Things we can see or touch, it is something that is demonstratable, so we might say ‘look what the Lord has done!’ I accept that for some the idea of physical sensations in a church gathering, the sense of euphoria etc. can also be referred to as a blessing. Amongst the old Pentecostals there was talk of ‘when the blessing came down’, referencing the sense that God had drawn near by the sensation of the Holy Spirit’s presence. It is right to say that being able to recognise God’s nearness is a blessing also, another channel of blessing. The more we look, the more we find that God has blessed us abundantly in both practical terms and experiences. The greatest channel of blessing was opened for us on calvary (the place of crucifixion). Jesus not only provided a way for mankind to see God but also for us to know peace and relationship with Him. If you don’t know God (the Son, Jesus Christ) died to open a way to God then you haven’t discovered God’s greatest gift, His greatest blessing. Jesus Christ is the greatest blessing God could ever provide for us and through Him all other blessings flow. We are so richly blessed, let’s not focus on simply one aspect of life and tell ourselves we have no blessing from God, let’s look at the abundant channels of God’s blessing and rejoice in Him.

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