I make a lot of typos but today blessor isn’t one of them. A blesser is defined as one who blesses; one who bestows or invokes a blessing where as a blessor is defined as God who created all things. And that’s who I want to focus on today.
I think when most of us think about being blessed we think about all the good things that happen to a person and it most certainly is. I love seeing people get blessed and I love being blessed. Listen, you can bless me all up and down the block and I will gladly take all the blessings sent my way. Yes, please! But what about those times when you are blessed but your the only one who knows it?
In the book of Matthew Jesus went up on mountain side, sat down and began to teach a series of blessings now called The Beatitudes. He said blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy. And here’s the one that really surprised me Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:1-12) So I’m like “God do you mean to tell me that mourning and persecution are blessings?!” The answer is NO. Of course not. So I meditated a little deeper.
In Genesis Chapter 13 Abram and his nephew lot had so much livestock and cattle that the men’s herders were starting to argue back and forth. So Abram said to Lot,… 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”
Turns out Lot was very good at looking out for numero 1. “Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt…1 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.”
Although Lot chose the well watered garden like land it was Abraham who got the blessing. “The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever… 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” (Gen 13:9-17)
That’s just one example of how God can take what other people may despise or see little to no potential in and bless it. He can make it greatness. The bible is full of stories about underdogs who came out on top because of the blessor in their lives like Gideon, King David, Queen Esther and King Jesus.
So what do we do if being blessed doesn’t necessarily look or feel like a blessing? I’d like to propose that we focus on the blessor instead. If we focus on the blessor we know that it’s not about what things looks like it’s about who is with us. He is “our ever present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) God can enter any situation and make something out of nothing. Our hope gets anchored and we can trust that he’s got us no matter what. The same God that blessed Abram is the same God of today. It doesn’t matter what pull you have or don’t have. It doesn’t matter who you know or don’t know. If you have God then you have all you need. So the next time you look around and see nothing but trouble call on God, the blessor. Let him work, and trust his timing to turn it all around for your good. God is rooting for you and so am I. Go forward and be blessed.