What is a good definition of being blessed? Having nice things? A good job? A nice car? A nice house? Nice clothes? A lot of friends? Being healthy? No, scratch that. If I don’t have good health… O my, I think that would be the deal breaker! If I have bad health, how is that a blessing?
Many people in the world are fearful. Some are even terror-stricken about what’s going to happen tomorrow. How could knowing what the future holds give us peace; the future is not ours to see. God doesn’t show us the entire picture. As I write this I’m reminded of something – a word that was spoken over me. Check this out… this happened around the time I was first saved, in January – the start of a new year. It had to be 2002, or it may have been 2003. The woman leading our small Bible study group, who had the gift of prophecy, told all the women in the group that God said that He wanted them to “push” ME through the threshold of the New Year.
Push me? That word was dead on!!! Nobody knew it at the time, but if I would have known all of the suffering and humiliation the future held for me… this is what I would have looked like…
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. “ Psalm 119: 105
This is the blessed life – Not anxious to see far down the road. It isn’t being overly concerned about the next step, not eager to choose the path nor weighed down with the heavy responsibilities of the future, but quietly following the Shepherd, one step at a time! The word is SOVEREIGNTY. If the sovereignty of our loving Shepherd moves us forward, it must be for the best – our best!